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Attorneys in McDade lawsuit quarrel over interview

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A federal judge is blowing his referee whistle at the attorneys involved in the Kendrec McDade lawsuit.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Fernando M. Olguin is laying down deposition rules after an argument outside of attorney Caree Harper’s office led attorneys to run to the judge and complain about each other’s conduct.

Harper represents the family of Kendrec McDade, 19, who was shot and killed by Pasadena police in March after receiving a false 911 call. The family is suing the city and the police department. McDade, who was unarmed, was shot seven times at close range.

The Pasadena Sun reports the Pasadena assistant city attorney called Harper childish for locking out the lawyers and representatives for the city as she interviewed one of the key witnesses in the case, Oscar Carrillo, the man who made the 911 call. Harper claims one of the attorneys became aggressive with her yanking the door.

In response to city attorneys asking the judge to sanction Harper, Judge Olguin wrote Tuesday “the court is troubled by the conduct of counsel in this matter,” and ordered the interview with Carrillo be redone.

He scheduled the interview for later next week and set the time, the place, even how each side should pay for costs such as the court reporter. He also limited how many attorneys can be there.

And after all that, attorneys will have to see each other again in court August 3 for a motions hearing.

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