Thursday, October 6, 2011
A Maryland attorney who has pleaded guilty to being part of a national "baby-selling" ring allegedly organized by a San Diego attorney is expressing regret.
But the San Diego attorney at the center of the case, who has also pleaded guilty, has asked not to be judged harshly by the public and insists she would never do anything that is not in the best interest of babies.
"Remember, any story can be spun and manipulated to make a story salacious," said a post by attorney Theresa Erickson on Facebook. "Yet know from the bottom of my heart that I have done the right things to protect some children from otherwise disastrous outcomes."
Meanwhile, Maryland attorney Hilary Neiman "horribly regrets getting involved in an ongoing conspiracy," said her attorney, Gregory Vega, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego. Neiman, 32, lives in Chevy Chase, Md.
According to court documents, Neiman joined the conspiracy in 2008. The same documents indicate that the plan to file phony court documents, and hoodwink couples desperate to have a baby, began in 2005.