Legal Malpractice Expert Witness In Detroit Professional Misconduct Trial

Samuel McCargo faced cross-examination Friday in the final session of his trial on charges of professional misconduct while representing former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in the text message scandal. McCargo’s lawyers want to use Thomas Cranmer, a Detroit criminal defense lawyer, as a legal malpractice expert witness to counter the allegations that McCargo crossed ethical boundaries while representing Kilpatrick and working out the $8.4-million settlement in the 2007 police whistle-blower trial.

McCargo, who could lose his law license, is accused of covering up perjury and other misconduct, hiding evidence and lying to investigators about his actions after text messages surfaced showing Kilpatrick and his top aide Christine Beatty lied under oath.

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