Defense attorney Robert Simels took the stand Tuesday to defend himself against charges that he plotted with a client, the since-convicted Guyanese drug kingpin Shaheed Khan, to threaten and bribe potential witnesses. Appearing calm and looking directly at jurors throughout his testimony, Simels explained his repeated statements about a need to "neutralize" or "kill" a witness -- as heard in secretly taped conversations played by prosecutors -- as being typical of lawyers' vernacular.
Accused of Threatening Witnesses, Attorney Takes the Stand to Explain 'Kill' Phrasing
New York Law Journal
August 5, 2009