Johnston County Lawyers Get Jail Time

Four North Carolina defense attorneys have pleaded guilty to illegally maneuvering to have tickets for drunken driving and other traffic offenses dismissed.

Multiple media organizations reported the four Johnston County lawyers were sentenced Monday.

Chad Lee and Lee Hatch each pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy and to multiple counts of felony obstruction of justice and altering official case records. Hatch was sentenced to up to eight years in prison. Lee is a former Johnston County prosecutor who received a four-year sentence.

Attorneys Vann Sauls and Jack McLamb pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges.

Former prosecutor Cyndi Jaeger and former deputy court clerk Portia Snead were also charged in the case.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Great Bolo Location: Parts Unknown on Jan 26, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    Lawyers behind bars are very popular among both inmates and staff because they give out all the expensive legal advise for free.
  • by $hame $hame $hame Location: Cell Block 6 on Jan 25, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    Greed! Look where it got them. They tried helping strangers get out of trouble by being dishonest and manipulative. Remember, honesty is the best policy.
  • by justice on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    It doesn't get any better than this. The old addage is proving true, if you have the money, you can buy your way out of most anything. Goes to show, its not who you are, but who you KNOW...
  • by Jim Bob Location: NC on Jan 25, 2010 at 02:52 PM
    WOW. That is a real surprise. I live in Johnston County 8 years ago and knew Jack McLamb. He is a good hearted man. Hope this does not cause him to lose his Law Practice. People mess up every day i know that.
  • by ENC Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    Cases cannot be retried--double jeopardy has attached.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    This is just DWI and traffic offenses.Just think of how many more serious crimes that other lawyers do every day.Under handed Kangaroo system this country has.
  • by justicematters Location: ayden on Jan 25, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Can any or all of their cases involved be retried? Hope so, they could do it again but this time kill someone. Who they be responsible for that?
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    And what will happen to those who they "maneuvered" for who were gotten out of offenses? Can anyone go back and find those cases?
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 25, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    I'll also guarantee that some of the judges had part to do with all this as well. I am glad that they are serving time and I hope they get their law license revoked for such a bad act. It would then be funny to see those be the guys turn from trying to be all that to doing dirty jobs such as a trash truck worker.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    And the Judges get most of the blame. I see more corruption going on. My question would be, in this story, why? Did they get 'money under the table'? These attorneys didn't go to that much trouble/chance for nothin'.
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