OPINION 109
January 1955

CONFLICTING INTERESTS — RELATED EMPLOYMENT — Prosecuting a husband for child desertion precludes a district attorney from representing the wife in a divorce action due to the close relation of the two.

Canon 6.

Question

Would it violate the Canons of Ethics for a district attorney to represent the wife in a divorce action and at the same time represent the State in the prosecution of the husband for child desertion?

Opinion

The committee is of the opinion that it would be improper for a district attorney to represent the State in the above described criminal proceeding and at the same time to accept employment in a civil action which is so closely related to the criminal proceeding.  The representation of such conflicting interests would violate Canon No. 6.  (9-0)