Connecticut Attorneys Oppose Indictment of Colleague Under Sarbox

Lora Bentley

The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association says the criminal indictment against Greenwich attorney Philip Russell for obstructing justice should be dismissed because it sets a bad precedent that could prevent them from effectively representing their clients. Besides, the group says,

"'This is the first time the government is using the Sarbanes-Oxley law against an attorney representing a client,' Schoenhorn said. 'We do not believe this is the purpose of the Sarbanes-Oxley law...'"

And the application of Sarbox to Russell's case, the argument goes, "criminalizes the role of an attorney as a zealous advocate." If the case against Russell moves forward, they say, defense attorneys won't be able to do their jobs well without risking prosecution.

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