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COURT CLERK ON TRIAL FOR LEAKS TO GANG ATLANTA — The Diablo Boys, a violent Atlanta drug gang, infiltrated the federal clerk’s office, gaining access to confidential details of investigations, a prosecutor told a jury this week. For about 18 months, a data clerk working in the office of the Clerk of Court for the Northern District of Georgia leaked sealed information about ongoing wiretaps, vehicle traces, witnesses and suspected gang members under investigation by federal agents to Diablo gang leader Billy D. Ladson, Assistant U.S. Attorney Yonette M. Sam-Buchanan said in her opening statement. That information allowed Ladson to identify potential witnesses against him and to avoid arrest for months by staying “one step ahead” of federal agents, she told the jury. Demetrius Freeman, the data entry clerk whom investigators eventually identified as the alleged source of the leaks, and Barry Adams, Freeman’s brother and a Ladson associate, are on trial this week in U.S. District Court. The two face charges that they conspired and obstructed justice during that investigation, according to a federal indictment. U.S. v. Freeman, No. 1:03CV329, (N.D. Feb. 2, 2003). Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. is presiding over the trial. The trial goes to the heart of courthouse security. Confidential information — contained in documents that were sealed and stored in a safe with limited access — routinely found its way to Ladson for about 18 months, according to the indictment. — Fulton County Daily Report FANEUIL SAYS HE WAS TOLD TO WARN STEWART NEW YORK — A composed Douglas Faneuil said Tuesday that his boss, stockbroker Peter Bacanovic, told him to warn Martha Stewart that it was time to sell her shares in ImClone Systems Inc. on Dec. 27, 2001. “He just said ‘Oh my God, Get Martha on the phone,’” said Faneuil, a key witness in the government’s obstruction case against Stewart and Bacanovic. The 28-year-old broker’s assistant said that his phone conversation with the vacationing Bacanovic took a more ominous turn, when he asked his boss whether it was appropriate to tell Stewart the real problem with ImClone: that company founder and Stewart’s confidant, Samuel Waksal, was trying to unload millions of dollars of shares in ImClone himself. “Of course you must,” Bacanovic allegedly replied. “That’s the whole point.” Faneuil was testifying under a cooperation agreement with the government reached in 2002, after he admittedly stopped lying to investigators about Stewart’s reasons for selling her 3,928 shares in ImClone, and pleaded guilty to accepting extra compensation from his boss in return for keeping the truth from the government. — New York Law Journal

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