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Friday, October 13, 2006

Worcester man fires 7th lawyer

FRAMINGHAM

Anthony M. Leo, a suspected rapist, has fired his 7th lawyer, Joseph M. Shields of Framingham.

Leo, who is on trial for allegedly tying up, beating and raping a Worcester woman in 2002, has said he wishes to represent himself at his trial, and expressed dissatisfaction with his defense attorney, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports.

"I've done a very good job for him," Shields told the Telegram. "I've done tons of work on this."

District Attorney John J. Conte has accused Leo of deliberately delaying the case by requesting new lawyers. The victim has appeared in court 70 times, only to have the case continued.

-- Erica Tochin

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