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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Lawyer Implicated in Murder of Witness

The feds claim a witness in a drug case was murdered at the suggestion of a lawyer.  This sounds a bit fishy to me, because the lawyer was not charged, which would have happened if there was a prosecutable case.  Perhaps charges are coming; perhaps the lawyer just said something like "Boy, if Aida Escalera disappeared, that would sure help your case" or, more likely, "given Aida Escalera's testimony, the government has a very strong case," i.e., in the course of ordinary legal advice and evaluation, a client learned who a critical witness was.  Story here. [Jack Chin]

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