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Judge bars defense team for ex-Mass. cop charged in Salem sexual assault
Judge Marguerite Wageling dismissed two Massachusetts lawyers for Carlos Gonzalez, 48, just as he was about to go on trial in Rockingham County Superior Court on 14 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.
Defense lawyers Walter and Alexandria Jacobs, who are father and daughter, were close friends with Gonzalez for several years and also knew the alleged victim and two other witnesses in the case, according to court records.
Wageling concluded that because of the past relationship the defense lawyers had with the witnesses, including the victim, they had to be barred from representing Gonzalez.
“Walter Jacobs asserted to the court the fact that (the victim) never disclosed her sexual assaults to him in his capacity as her physician,” Wageling said in a court order. “He shared these facts on the record for the purpose of demonstrating that he has no conflict in representing the defendant in this case.”
Wageling also agreed with prosecutors that the two lawyers could become material witnesses in the case, given their personal knowledge.
A jury acquitted Gonzalez during a recent trial in Florida on Nov. 19 in another sexual assault case involving a young girl.
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