But Heffron said no. He apologized to the witnesses but said, "It's not fair to her to go forward…and it's not fair [to the public defender] professionally." In the old days, Heffron said, he'd have ordered defense counsel to proceed. "But they insist on a much more professional level of practice now," he said. Instead, he continued the case, saying, "I'd rather get it done correctly, and let her attorney get involved."
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