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New York Lawyer Accused of Participating in Criminal Enterprise to Bribe and Intimidate Witnesses

Posted Aug 31, 2012 8:34 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New York lawyer has been accused of participating in a criminal enterprise that used bribery and intimidation to thwart justice in an Onondaga County murder case.

Lawyer Ezequiel Neuman of suburban Syracuse is accused in an indictment of offering a witness $50,000 not to testify at trial, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports. He was arrested on that charge in June, authorities said, when he tried to frisk a witness wearing a wire, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported at the time. The new indictment also accuses Neuman of offering to make sure a victim did not appear for a criminal proceeding in exchange for $5,000 cash and cocaine.

Neuman is charged with enterprise corruption, bribing a witness, tampering with a witness, promoting prison contraband by giving cellphones to inmates, criminal solicitation and conspiracy, according to the Post-Standard, 9WSYR.com and CNYCentral.com. Five others are also charged in the alleged criminal enterprise.

Prior coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Judge Orders DA to Give Lawyer Copies of Documents Seized in Police Raid of His Law Office"

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