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10 More Reasons Lawyers Should NOT Advise Criminal Conduct

By William Vogeler, Esq. | Last updated on

Winston Connor had a sketchy law practice, at best.

At worst, he was tampering with witnesses, advising prostitutes, and conspiring to distribute drugs. Oh, and soliciting murder.

That last one will get you every time, especially when you ask a client to kill someone.

10 Counts

Connor, 54, is facing a 10-count jury indictment in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The solicitation of murder charge is based on a telephone call with a man who is serving a life sentence for murder.

According to recorded conversations, Connor talked to Slint Tate about another inmate who allegedly attacked a woman close to Connor. Tate later told his wife that he could get released from prison but he had to kill someone first.

Clark Brewster, who is defending the lawyer, said the evidence was weak. "The state's spin on that call is, at best, highly subjective and sensationalized," he said at the bail hearing.

Provable Falsehoods

Connor, who was released on $250,000 bail, called the allegations "clearly provable falsehoods." They include:

  • Racketeering
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon
  • Pandering for prostitution
  • Unlawful proceeds
  • Conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance
  • Witness tampering
  • Unlawful communication with a convict
  • Solicitation of prostitution
  • Pattering of criminal offenses

"Pattering," if you were wondering, is what you think it is: running a criminal, law practice.

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