Lawyer Sentenced For Conspiracy To Obstruct Justice

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.

(Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)