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Lawyer says she wanted out of Boston au pair case

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A lawyer says she "wanted out" of the Louise Woodward case six weeks before the British au pair fired her.

Elaine Whitfield Sharp, who was fired last week amid allegations that she considered her client guilty, said Tuesday that she sent an e-mail notice of resignation to Woodward's three other lawyers April 20 - and a certified letter the next day.After discussing her plans with the other lawyers, she said, she agreed to wait until a ruling on Ms. Woodward's appeals. It could come any day.

A jury convicted Woodward, 20, of second-degree murder in the death of an 8-month-old baby in her care, but a judge reduced the verdict to manslaughter and time already served.

Whitfield Sharp declined to elaborate about her professed desire to quit the case except to say, "I've been crucified."