Friday, July 06, 2007

Memo to Criminal Defense Counsel: Do not provide your clients weapons or assist with escape attempts


A Douglas County, Ga., grand jury has indicted a Georgia lawyer with at least 28 years of experience on allegations that he gave a weapon to a client awaiting trial in the county jail.

The indictment charges William P. Keenan with furnishing a dangerous weapon to an inmate and conspiracy to commit escape, both felonies. Prosecutors say that on Feb. 22 Keenan gave a client facing armed robbery charges a 14-inch pruning saw blade.

According to the indictment, Keenan first gave his client Dareon Varner a photograph of the saw blade as requested by Varner. A separate indictment of Varner says that Varner obtained a diagram of the area outside the jail so as to map out an escape route -- although the indictments do not say Keenan helped Varner get that.

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