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Actor Blake’s Attorney Resigns

October 28, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Harland Braun, the lawyer who has represented Robert Blake since his wife was murdered last year, resigned as Blake’s attorney Monday, saying that he objected to actor’s decision to go on television and discuss his case.

Braun said he had met with Blake and expressed his opposition to a jailhouse interview with TV personality Diane Sawyer.

``He insists on doing an interview on camera with Diane Sawyer,″ Braun said. ``I think it’s insane for a person charged with a crime to go on camera to answer questions about the case. No lawyer in the country would allow a defendant to do this.″

Blake is charge with murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, last year outside a restaurant where they had dined. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 11.

He said the greatest danger of such an interview is that something Blake might say could be taken out of context.

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