My question involves criminal law for the state of: Virginia
I need help explaining something to my uncle and was hoping someone here could help.
My uncle committed a crime and was given a court appointed lawyer. My uncle has been driving everyone nuts with this same question for years. We explain it to him and then several weeks later he asks again. He has mental problems and I think our explanations are confusing to him.
So here's the question. He wants to know why his court appointed lawyer cannot also be his lawyer to sue the police for the issue in which he committed the crime? I think what's really making it confusing is that the court appointed lawyer has his own private practice but he volunteers to be a public defender. Can anyone come up with a really good explanation?