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Aretakis errors cited as court grants new trial in Albany homicide

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Accused murderer Christopher Oathout was granted a new trial after the state’s highest court ruled his defense attorney “demonstrated a lack of basic knowledge of criminal procedure” during his 2007 trial. Justices with the Court of Appeals ruled the shortcomings of attorney John Aretakis — who took the case pro bono at a request of an Oathout relative — were significant enough that his client didn’t receive a fair trial in the 2006 killing of ...

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May 3, 2013
2:36 p.m.

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Single practitioners and people in small practices should NEVER take homicide cases pro bono. They are complex and expensive. The client always ends up getting the short end. If you had never tried such a case, why would you do this? From what it sounds, he had no clue how to do any criminal work.