“In my opinion, certain statements by a lawyer go beyond all standards of propriety,” the coroner wrote. In any case, due to his decision to withdraw, the witness hearings planned for October and November will not take place. It is still unclear exactly how much delay the already tedious mega-process will cause.
While the prosecutors and the key witness originally received such statements, they have now also been directed against the judge, she reports in the letter. “Wherever one could say that there are only words, I find such treatment in business dealings between judges, lawyers and public prosecutors unacceptable.”
During the hearings, which Richter said took place behind closed doors, there were regular fights for months. Resentment would have developed between the prosecutors, the judge and the lawyers.