Just weeks after Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty filed a motion asserting
that several defense attorneys were being paid to manipulate the trial
of accused drug kingpin Tevaughn "Big Baby" Darling, prosecutors
have now withdrawn the allegations.
Cleveland.com turned to Attorney Ian Friedman, who is not involved with the high-profile drug case, for insight on a
remaining motion by prosecutors to probe the financial records all of
the involved defense attorneys.
"My hope is that [prosecutors] will reconsider their position once
presented with the legal precedent that highlights the impropriety of
such a request," Attorney Friedman told Cleveland.com. According
to Friedman, the prosecutors are seeking information that is protected
by "attorney-client privilege."
The original allegations, filed in a November 6 motion, assert that Darling
was attempting to manipulate the case against him by paying attorneys
Ralph DeFranco, Marcus Sidoti, Mark Marein, Richard Drucker and Jeff Richardson—all
of whom are or were defending Darling's co-defendants. Prosecutors
claimed that evidence of the pay-offs was discovered in Darling's
While the matter of the financial records still remains, the withdrawn
motion has succeeded in shaking up the defense counsel in the case. Attorney
Jeff Richardson has been replaced due to a request of his client, Duane
Washington. According to the jail diary, Richardson was being paid to
convince Washington to write a confession that would exonerate Darling.
Richardson called the assertions "professionally offensive"
and an attempt to "exploit the legal system and bully" him.
When asked why prosecutors withdrew their motion, Joe Frolik, a spokesman
for McGinty, told Cleveland.com that two of the lawyers named in the motion
had cooperated and one, Ralph DeFranco, had withdrawn. The remaining attorneys
have filed motions denying that they have accepted any money from Tevaughn Darling.
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