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Old August 25, 2017, 12:38 PM
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I agree with wrholt.

It appears that the author of the sentence and the lawyer seated earlier were both colocaron en la misma mesa, so both would be objects. And if the object is a person, the "personal 'a'" is pressed into service.

That is the case.

Definition 1 in DRAE,

a2
Del lat. ad.
1. prep. Precede al complemento directo cuando este es de persona determinada o está de algún modo personificado. Respeta a los ancianos. Acabamos de vacunar al perro.

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De nada.

Al César lo que es del César..., ¡y a Rusty lo que es suyo!

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And that's the mistake. The speaker thinks he/she has to *place* the lawyer again just to single out the table where he was *placed* (verb place used on purpose).
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