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Civil Rights Lawyer Gets Three Years for Tax Evasion

Posted Nov 28, 2007 2:27 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Crusading civil rights lawyer Stephen Yagman was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for federal tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.

Known for his high-profile cases against law enforcement authorities and President Bush, the 63-year-old lawyer was convicted of trying to avoid more than $200,000 in federal income taxes.

Yagman had argued he was targeted by prosecutors because of "contentious history with federal law enforcement agencies." Yagman remained consistent in a statement that spanned the last two days of his sentencing hearing, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Times reports Yagman, whose career as a litigator is likely over, was at times remorseful, but the most part defensive during the hearing.

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