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Jailed Lawyer Says He Doesn’t Remember Teen Sex-Sting Guilty Plea, Seeks Do-Over

Posted Jan 13, 2012 4:50 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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When he signed a plea agreement last year concerning a trip to Florida for the alleged purpose of helping a 14-year-old boy explore intimacy, he wasn't in his right mind, a Maryland lawyer told a federal court in Orlando in a handwritten motion yesterday.

Stressed, anxious, tearful and suicidal, he doesn't even remember what happened, Howard Scott Kalin said in a motion seeking to vacate his plea due to what he describes as ineffective counsel, diminished mental capacity and malicious prosecution. reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Pressured by his lawyer to take the plea last year, Kalin, now 48, says in the filing he has "no clear recollection of the plea hearing, no clear recollection of questions asked to defendant, no clear recollection of defendant's responses, if any, and absolutely no conscious recollection of any matter discussed during this hearing."

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Md. Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Fla. to Federal Teen-Sex Enticement-Attempt Charge"

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