facebook
twitter
search
search

Attorney ditches alleged rapist mid-trial

Updated June 13, 2012 at 3:56 PM

NEW ORLEANS, June 13 (UPI) -- A New Orleans lawyer was held in contempt after he told a judge midway through a rape trial he could not adequately represent his client.

Attorney Claiborne Brown represented Joshua Cumberland, 25, who was accused of raping two young girls. Two days into the trial, Brown filed a motion with St. Tammany Parish Judge William Burris saying he was inadequate counsel, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

Burris ordered Brown jailed until he was willing to "perform his duties." He said Brown had so far performed competently.

Cumberland hired an attorney from out-of-state, who hired Brown as his in-state co-counsel. The out-of-state attorney has not attended any of the proceedings.

Brown has been practicing law in Louisiana since 1998. He was to be sanctioned Friday.

Burris set July 30 for Cumberland's retrial.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Catholic Church in Norway ordered to pay $5.1 million for fraud
North Korean diplomats sending their children to mental hospitals
Report: North Korea executed over 1,300 people
Shark bite confirmed off North Carolina shore
Jerusalem family finds ancient ritual bath under home