To quell doubts about its mortgage unit's handling of documents, Bank of America Corp. is distancing itself from … itself.

BofA now says that a senior litigation manager — who had 10 years' experience working at Countrywide Home Loans Servicing  — was out of her depth when she testified in a New Jersey courtroom about the unit's document practices. The Charlotte company also says the local lawyer that represented it essentially fumbled the routine personal bankruptcy case.

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