Thursday, April 17, 2008

Cuadra Appeals Fannick Ruling

Demetrius Fannick

The Times Leader is reporting that Harlow Cuadra has appealed a judge's ruling that forbid attorney Demetrius Fannick from representing him.

Cuadra filed notice Thursday that he will appeal Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr.'s ruling to the state Superior Court.

Olszewski disqualified Fannick from representing Cuadra because Fannick had met with co-defendant Joseph Kerekes before Fannick was hired to defend Cuadra. Prosecutors claimed that created a conflict.

It remains unclear whether the appeal will delay the start of trial. Pre-trial appeals often cause delays, however depending on the legal issue of the appeal, a delay might not occur.

It is also unclear if the appeal will impact the progress of Kerekes' trial.