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Thursday, August 23, 2007

More lawyer shenanigans

You have to love this when it comes out. First, there was Mike Nifong who tried to put three innocent men in jail, and used them to win reelection in North Carolina. Now, we have Geoffrey Fieger,/li> who defended Jack Kevorkian involved in a campaign finance scandal:

HT: David Freddoso at The Corner

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, best known for representing assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, was indicted on charges of conspiring to make more than $125,000 in illegal contributions to the 2004 presidential campaign of Democrat John Edwards.

The indictment was returned Tuesday and unsealed Friday. It names both Fieger and Vernon Johnson, a partner in Fieger's Southfield-based law firm.

Fieger told radio station WWJ-AM that he would fight the charges and wasn't surprised by them. He blamed the Bush administration.

"We'll just embarrass these people," Fieger said.

Messages seeking further comment from Fieger and Johnson weren't immediately returned.

The indictment claims that Fieger, 56, of Bloomfield Hills, and Johnson, 45, of Birmingham, recruited 60 people, known as straw donors, to make contributions in the then-maximum allowable amount of $2,000 per donor to the Edwards campaign. The contributions actually came from Fieger's firm, the indictment says.

Wow. That's pretty heavy, but not nearly as heavy as what else is involved in this case when you scroll through the story:

According to the indictment, Fieger and Johnson recruited a first round of employees or family members of employees as donors in March 2003, arranging $38,000 worth of illegal contributions. They later solicited additional donors, including non-attorney employees, Fieger's friends and third-party vendors for Fieger or the firm, the indictment says.

The indictment also claims Fieger tried to obstruct the grand jury's investigation by trying to shift responsibility for the contributions to a deceased officer of the Fieger firm and feeding grand jury witnesses false information.

Both men are charged with conspiracy, causing the Edwards campaign to unwittingly make false statements, making illegal campaign contributions in another's name and making illegal campaign contributions from a corporation.

I agree with Mr. Freddoso: this couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Publius II


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