Sunday, June 3, 2012

Angola 5 Attorney Suspended For Arrest At Penitentiary

The Louisiana Supreme Court granted a joint suspension petition of an the Office of DIsciplinary Counsel and an attorney arrested in February 2012.

CBS 9 WAFB reported on the arrest:

East Baton Rouge Parish public defender Nelvil Hollingsworth was arrested Saturday afternoon at Angola State Penitentiary.

Investigators with the West Feliciana Sheriff's Office say Hollingsworth hid 5.2 grams of marijuana in the lining of his suit jacket in an effort to sneak the drugs into the prison.

Angola Warden Burl Cain said a prison guard found the drugs during a routine pat down.  He said Hollingsworth was then detained until deputies arrived to make the arrest.

Hollingsworth was charged with one count of introduction of contraband into a penal institution. A West Feliciana jail official said Hollingsworth posted a $10,000 bond this afternoon.

Cain said Hollingsworth called prison officials Friday night to arrange the Saturday visit with his client Barry Edge.  Edge is one of the "Angola 5" on trial for the beating and stabbing death of Angola guard David Knapps back in 1999.

Reached by telephone, Hollingsworth told 9News he had no comment at this time. 

(Mike Frisch)

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