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Defense Lawyer Arrested in Open Court in Perjury Conspiracy Probe; Murder Case Is Delayed

Posted Mar 19, 2012 2:07 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Updated: A Michigan criminal defense lawyer was arrested in open court Monday and taken to a Wayne County Circuit Court holding area, as a hearing in his client's capital murder trial was about to begin before Judge Timothy Kenny.

Only minutes into today's session, a Wayne County prosecutor told the judge the government had "a warrant request in this case. It is for the defense attorney, Mr. David Dunn," she said, according to the Detroit Free Press and a video linked to a WXYZ article.

"We propose to arrest Mr. Dunn," the prosecutor said.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit perjury in a capital trial, as was his client, Andre Collins, 22, reports a subsequent Detroit News story. Both are expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Dunn, 42, also faces charges of witness interfering; obstruction; solicitation to commit a felony; perjury-incitement and procuring at a court proceeding.

He told the judge that he categorically denied the allegations and was prepared to go to trial.

Details are still sketchy, but news accounts say the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies are investigating whether Dunn conspired to commit perjury by pressuring a witness in the case of his murder case client.

The Argus-Press and the Detroit News also have stories.

The hearing in the murder trial that was supposed to proceed Monday was postponed until Friday.

Also on ABAJournal.com:

Defense Attorney, Unlike Prosecutor, Was Publicly Arrested and Jailed in False Testimony Case

Arrested in Court Yesterday, Attorney David Dunn Gets Personal Bond Today in Perjury Conspiracy Case

Last updated Thursday to include subsequent coverage.

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