Atty's Poor Performance In 1st Trial Nixes Bribe Convictions

Law360 (March 11, 2020, 4:55 PM EDT) -- A lawyer working his first full-blown trial botched it badly enough for a judge to throw out the convictions of his client and alleged co-conspirator, a retired Army colonel and lawyer accused of trying to bribe government officials in Haiti in exchange for approvals on an $84 million port project, according to a Wednesday ruling.

Joseph Baptiste, a retired U.S. Army colonel and Maryland dentist, and Richard Boncy, a lawyer and dual citizen of Haiti and the United States, each had their convictions for conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Travel Act thrown out due to the...

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