Criminal Justice

Lawyer Says He Didn't Trade Smokes, Drugs for Sex at Jail, Calls Contraband Claim 'Just Plain False'

A Georgia lawyer facing criminal charges after authorities said he traded contraband cigarettes and painkillers for sex with female inmates at the Cobb County jail says there is no factual basis for the case.

In an interview with WSBT, Michael Winner said “Sex isn’t going to buy me dinner. I mean, I basically work for money.” He said he believes his reputation for pursuing police corruption matters is behind the charges and called the claim that he gave inmates contraband “just plain false.”

Winner admitted that he might flirt with female inmates on occasion, but pointed out that he is single and that flirting is not illegal.

Earlier coverage: “Lawyer Accused of Trading Contraband for Sexual Favors with Inmates”

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