Lawfare: Prosecuting Attorneys Alongside Clients: Some Recent Examples By Harry Larson & Sabrina McCubbin
Searches of attorneys’ offices are particularly sensitive. The FBI likely needed to clear a higher-than-normal bar to execute the searches of Cohen’s office. Prosecutions of attorneys for crimes related to actions taken on behalf of their clients are also rare. But when charges are made, they tend to involve fraud, money laundering, and lying to investigators-behavior that should sound familiar to those following the Mueller investigation. Here is a look at a few recent attorney prosecutions to illustrate what activities tend to get lawyers in trouble and how criminal investigations into those activities tend to proceed-which offers some historical context for Michael Cohen’s current situation…. Farrell has appealed his conviction, arguing that he did not know that the source of the cash was criminal activity, and that the evidence used to convict him was insufficient.