Carroll’s lawyers can’t withdraw from case

The two court-appointed attorneys for David Carroll, Jr. will be unable to withdraw from representing him in the Clermont County murder trial of foster child Marcus Fiesel.

Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerry McBride has ruled that lawyers Scott Rubinstein and Stephen Wenke had not adequately shown valid reason to be removed from the case.

Rubinstein and Wenke made the request to the judge to drop Carroll, 29, as a client Dec. 14; they claimed at that time that private interviews with David Carroll had solicited an ethical conflict which would jeopardize his defense (no detailed reason was given).

Judge McBride did acquiesce to a private conference with both lawyers, but his ruling, which was handed down Dec. 15, revealed that he was unconvinced by their arguments.