Lawyer Accused of Impersonating a District Attorney Employee to Keep Witnesses From Appearing in Court

thumb_election_scales1Edward G. Kelly, 51, a defense attorney in Fall River, Massachusetts has pleaded innocent to a bizarre criminal allegation: that Kelly pretended to be a district attorney employee to tell government witnesses on the telephone that they did not need to show up for court.

The complaint alleges that he called witnesses as the witness coordinator or advocate of the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office to tell them that they were not need in cases where he represented the defendant.

Kelly has been previously brought before ethics boards — twice since 2001. This included an allegation of changing a docket entry to protect a client from default.

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2 thoughts on “Lawyer Accused of Impersonating a District Attorney Employee to Keep Witnesses From Appearing in Court”

  1. Sounds like Edward G. Kelly is willing to go the extra mile for a client. That’s what I want in a defense attorney, somebody who is willing to break the law and risk disbarment in order to keep my butt out of jail. That’s dedication!

  2. Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship
    Jake Tapper, ABC News
    December 09, 2008 3:37 PM

    “Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. “But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.”

    Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.”

    But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

    While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a “kingmaker,” Axelrod said, “I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.”


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