Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Murder Conspiracy Charge Leads To Interim Suspension

The North Dakota Supreme Court has suspended an attorney as a result of criminal charges

The Application asserts that Howe was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit murder in violation of N.D.C.C. § 12.1-06-04 and § 12.1-16-0(1)(a) (a Class AA felony).  Documents in support of the Application assert that sufficient information exists that Howe poses a substantial threat of irreparable harm to the public because of the facts attested in the affidavit evidence a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice by murdering a witness.

WDAZ 8 had this report

The North Dakota Supreme Court, in an emergency action Friday afternoon, suspended the law license of Henry Howe because of the murder conspiracy charge he is facing in Walsh County.

Howe, who has had a law license in North Dakota for 40 years and lived and practiced in Grand Forks since 1980 as a criminal defense attorney, was arrested Thursday morning in Grafton, N.D., as he arrived to represent a client in a felony drug case in state district court.

Howe was charged Thursday with conspiring with two convicted drug felons, and a fourth man working as an undercover informant for law enforcement, to kill a female undercover informant who is a key witness in a drug case against Paul Lysengen, who is Howe’s client.

The charge is a Class AA felony with a top sentence of life in prison without parole. Howe bailed out of jail Thursday in Grafton after paying, through his son, $10,000 cash on a $100,000 bond amount.

 (Mike Frisch)

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