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Former Florida lawyer John L. Steele and his Minnesota law partner used sham lawsuits to extort millions online pornography voyeurs. Photo: scyther5/iStockphoto.com. Former Florida lawyer John L. Steele and his Minnesota law partner used sham lawsuits to extort millions online pornography voyeurs. Photo: scyther5/iStockphoto.com.

A federal judge in Minnesota sentenced 48-year-old Florida attorney John Steele to five years in prison and two years of supervised release Tuesday, for his role in extorting about $3 million from victims to settle bogus copyright infringement lawsuits over pornographic films.

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Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean reports on South Florida litigation for the Daily Business Review. Send an email to [email protected], or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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