In a case of first impression, a federal appellate court ruled Monday in the prosecution of prominent Miami attorney Ben Kuehne that criminal defense lawyers can't be charged with taking ill-gotten proceeds from defendants as legal fees. The 11th Circuit affirmed a decision by U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke, who dismissed a money-laundering conspiracy count against Kuehne for vetting money that went to Miami celebrity attorney Roy Black to defend Colombian drug kingpin Fabio Ochoa.
11th Circuit Sides With Defense Attorney Over Legal Fees
Daily Business Review
October 27, 2009