Lawyer Sentenced For Conspiracy To Obstruct Justice
December 20, 2001 at 10:53 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 3:16 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) - A federal judge sentenced a defense attorney to five months in prison for trying to get a witness to agree to a false statement in a drug case.
U.S. District Judge Ann Aldrich on Wednesday also ordered James C. Young, 48, to spend five months confined to his home, wearing a monitoring device.
The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether to suspend his law license.
"This has been a tremendous blow to me," Young told Aldrich at the sentencing.
Young pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Federal prosecutors said Young was representing a suspected drug dealer who was arrested in May in Cleveland on cocaine possession charges. Young prepared a false statement for a witness that the cocaine did not belong to his client, prosecutors said.
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