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Georgia attorney Peter D. Johnson had been working on a convicted killer’s appeal for some time when he made a surprising discovery. Johnson realized, during a hearing in federal court, that he had once prosecuted the man he was now helping defend. At a routine sentencing in Columbia County Superior Court 15 years earlier, Johnson had been the Augusta Judicial Circuit assistant district attorney who signed off on Jody Allen’s guilty plea to armed robbery and life sentence. Johnson immediately advised the federal judge of his conflict in working on Allen’s habeas corpus petition as an expert witness on the defense of capital murder cases. The judge agreed there was no way Johnson could continue.

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