Lawyer on trial in extortion case involving ex-Lake Metropolis prosecutor

Jacksonville's federal courthouse (right).

Federal prosecutors advised a jury in Jacksonville Monday {that a} “tradition of favors” involving Lake Metropolis’s former high prosecutor led to a protection lawyer amassing payoffs from shoppers for lighter punishment in court docket.

Lawyer Marion Michael O’Steen from Dixie County “crossed a line from advocacy to bribery and extortion,” Assistant US Lawyer David Mesrobian argued in the beginning of a trial for the person indicted final 12 months with former third Judicial Circuit State Lawyer Jeff Siegmeister.

Siegmeister pleaded responsible in February to fees involving conspiracy, extortion, wire fraud and tax crime and is scheduled to testify for prosecutors this week.

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