Friday, April 4, 2008
An article in the Detroit Free Press reports that the head of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office drug unit has been charged with ethical violations by the Attorney Grievance Commission. The article states:
"The grievance commission, the state Supreme Court's watchdog, charged Plants [the prosecutor] with professional misconduct Monday for allowing two Inkster cops and their confidential informant to lie under oath during a 2005 cocaine trial.
The episode stems from a March 11, 2005, Downriver drug bust that took 47 kilograms of cocaine off the streets.
During a preliminary examination, two evidentiary hearings and the trial, Plants allowed the officers and a witness to hide his role as the confidential informant, repeatedly denying that they knew one another, preventing defense lawyers from challenging the informant's credibility.
The informant, a paid tipster, was arrested during the bust but was freed without being charged."
Detroitnews.com reports the following statement from the lawyer for the accused attorney:
"Kenneth M. Mogill, lawyer for Plants, said the complaint appears to have been drafted to make the allegations 'as sensational as possible' and he believes the evidence will show Plants acted ethically and responsibly in a complex case.
'I think the grievance commission just got this very, very wrong,' he said."
The Free Press article further states that the accused attorney has been suspended with pay. (Mike Frisch)