Civil Rights Lawyer Gets Three Years for Tax Evasion
Posted Nov 28, 2007 1:27 PM CST
By Molly McDonough
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.