The prosecutors seeking to send Brian Nichols to Georgia’s death row have responded to the latest defense effort to have them removed from the case, arguing that the mixed bag of allegations of wrongdoing, bias and improper communications with the news media are not only unsubstantiated and insufficient but also call into question whether the Nichols lawyers themselves have a conflict of interest.

The motion, authored by Senior Assistant District Attorney Christopher Quinn, avoids any mention of the allegations of criminal behavior leveled at a former assistant district attorney that were caught on a wiretap in an unrelated murder case. Those allegations are a key element of the latest defense gambit, and the defense claims they have been swept under the rug by Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr.

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