Saying he is "shocked" by "ad hominem" attacks, a veteran Orange County Superior Court judge today lectured a prosecutor and defense lawyer in People v. Daniel Wozniak, a pending death penalty case.
|Daniel Wozniak quietly watched today's courtroom drama|
Homicide prosecutor Matt Murphy and Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders are tireless, gifted legal advocates, but they also despise one other--a sentiment neither has masked for 18 months of courthouse bickering that's gotten personal.
Murphy says Sanders is rude, obnoxious and a chronic, empty accuser of prosecutorial misconduct. He thinks his adversary purposely blocked his 2014 Christmas vacation. Sanders says Murphy is a cheap-shot artist and reckless defender of unethical law enforcement conduct. He thinks the prosecutor can't be trust to surrender exculpatory evidence. Both agree, however, the other isn't fit to handle such a high stakes case.
"He's a hypocrite," Murphy declared today.
Sanders said the prosecutor hoped to "poison the court" against the defense by repeatedly labeling him "a bad evil-doer."
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