Wednesday, February 2, 2011
A Pennslyvania attorney has been suspended pending final discipline as a result of his conviction for smuggling drugs into a jail facility. Mainlinemedianews reports on the circumstances:
A 62-year-old attorney — who took advice from a 23-year-old “client” on how to smuggle drugs into Delaware County’s prison — was formally sentenced Monday to serve 18 to 36 months in jail.
A contrite [attorney] of Philadelphia, who expressed his shame and embarrassment to Judge Patricia Jenkins, was allowed to remain free until next month to get matters in order. He is to report to prison on Aug. 23.
[He] expressed remorse over what has transpired, which his attorney Daniel Armstrong blamed on the defendant’s dementia that caused his life to spiral downward into depression and drug abuse.
“I am crushed by this (crime),” said [the attorney]. “My remorse and regret couldn’t be greater. I live with this situation every day — every minute of every day.”
He explained he has received support from his family and colleagues, but “I still feel embarrassed, ashamed and disgraced by what I did. I deeply regret it.”
“I’m 62 years old right now. It’s the first time I’ve done anything other than have a traffic violation,” he quietly told the court Monday.
[The attorney], pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of possession with intent to deliver drugs to a prison inmate.
The inmate Amanda, aka Amber, Lee Knox of New Jersey is heard in a prison conversation telling [him] how to package the drugs and “to make sure you look like a lawyer, you won’t get searched.”
Knox further instructs him to place the packaged drugs “in your right hand, and when I see you I will be able to hug you and I will get it from your hand.”
[The attorney] was caught with the drugs on July 10, 2009, by a routine scan at the prison after he told authorities he was there to see Knox, whom he described as a “client,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.
The web page of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board reports that the attorney was temporarily suspended as a result of the conviction. (Mike Frisch)