Attorney indicted for taking bribe to impact case
An attorney has been indicted on charges including Bribery and Obstructing Justice, after accepting money from a criminal defendant to ensure that an alleged victim of domestic violence would change her story and not cooperate with authorities, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.
Jared Wilson, 33, of Kent, was indicted by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury and faces one count each of Bribery, Attempted Tampering with Evidence, Obstructing Official Business, Obstructing Justice and Telecommunications Fraud. All are felonies.
The indictment stems from an incident on October 17 when Wilson accepted $1,000 from a criminal defendant in a domestic violence case to help the complaining witness write an affidavit changing her story and to make sure she would “disappear” and thus be unavailable to receive a subpoena when her case went to court.
Wilson, who had a prior professional relationship with the complaining witness in the domestic violence case, accepted the $1,000 from the defendant with an agreement to get paid another $4,000 at a later date.
Officers from the Solon Police Department arrested Wilson after monitoring the conversation and observing the cash change hands. The entire incident took place at a restaurant next door to the Solon Police Department.
“Attorneys have a responsibility to pursue justice, but in this case, an attorney agreed to take cash to make a witness disappear and be unavailable for court,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Meyer, head of the Public Corruption Unit in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. “Now, the attorney is going to get his own day in court.”
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