Fascinating questions of legal ethics stem from the prosecution of two Carrollton, Ga., lawyers accused of stealing cash and property from a murder victim’s estate by accepting $75,000 from their client, the victim’s wife who pleaded guilty to planning the killing.

But arguments in the case last week at the Court of Appeals of Georgia centered less on what obligation the lawyers had in knowing the guilt of their client and the source of their fees than on the statute of limitations.

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