Monday, February 11, 2008

Memo to self: Don't help any of your criminal clients escape


An attorney charged with smuggling a 14-inch saw blade to a jailed client was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday, although nearly one year will be subtracted because the lawyer has been jailed since his arrest last February.

Albany, Ga., attorney William P. Keenan was representing Dareon Varner against charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony when, last Feb. 22, the lawyer slipped Varner the blade. According to Keenan's indictment, he first gave Varner a photo of the blade, then later supplied the actual weapon to the inmate, who was later caught with the blade and a diagram of the outside area of the jail.

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