A federal judge has questioned the foundation of the government's case against Miami criminal defense attorney Ben Kuehne. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke told prosecutors that an exception in federal money laundering statutes appears to allow lawyers to be paid legal fees without fear of prosecution as the defense argued. Kuehne is charged with money laundering and wire fraud after he vetted $5.2 million in legal fees paid by Colombian drug kingpin Fabio Ochoa to retain defense attorney Roy Black.
Exception in Federal Money Laundering Statutes May Help Fla. Lawyer's Defense
Daily Business Review
December 1, 2008