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G. Paul Howes is no stranger to D.C. Superior Court, where he once took down the murderers and drug lords that characterized Washington in the 1980s and 1990s. By Howes’ own admission, most descriptions of him back then were “either followed or preceded by earthy expletives.” But last week, he found himself on the stand in Judge Lee Satterfield’s courtroom, refuting the latest accusations that he brokered deals with his witnesses. Howes testified in an evidentiary hearing concerning the 1989 murder conviction of James Johnson for roughly six hours, spanning two days. Public defenders Sandra Levick and Peter Krauthammer argued that Johnson was denied due process because Howes improperly paid key witnesses, and helped them dodge incarceration by getting them into a Denver drug rehabilitation program. This is the first time Howes has been questioned about the Johnson case, but he has stipulated to similar accusations concerning his witnesses in two other multi-defendant trials�the Javier Card and Newton Street Crew cases. The D.C. Office of Bar Counsel has recommended suspending Howes, who currently practices in San Diego. One of the Johnson witnesses in question was Lenora Cole. The defense said Howes got her into rehab and gave her undue witness vouchers in exchange for favorable testimony. Of particular interest was a $917 voucher earmarked for the Newton Street Case issued to her in 1993, years after the Johnson case had ended. Cole had been incarcerated in Colorado and had just escaped from a halfway house when she got the voucher. Howes said it was legitimate because she was still acting as an informant on D.C. criminal activity. As for the Newton Street designation on the voucher, he told the court, “We called Newton Street, by 1993, anything that walked through my door that had to do with murder in the District of Columbia.” The defense alleged misconduct with other Johnson case witnesses, but Howes said he didn’t manipulate any of them. “There are people who testify in drug-homicides because it is the right thing to do,” he said.
Marisa McQuilken can be contacted at [email protected].

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