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10-05-2007, 07:19 AM
Sounds like an interesting story.
Unknowingly used as a mule?


Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Lawyer allegedly tried to smuggle drugs into Walpole prison

By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

A 46-year-old lawyer is facing several drug charges after he was allegedly found with packets of heroin as he was about to visit clients in the state prison in Walpole.

Kevin L. Barron was being searched by corrections officers at about 5 p.m. yesterday before entering MCI-Cedar Junction when the officers found "small packets of a powdery substance" that turned out to be heroin, said Norfolk district attorney's spokesman David Traub.

Barron pleaded not guilty today at his arraignment in Wrentham District Court to charges of delivering drugs to a prisoner, possession of a Class A substance, and possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance.

Barron's attorney, Elliot Weinstein, said, "Kevin is innocent. He's a good man. Someone took advantage of Kevin's standing as an attorney. Kevin did not knowingly commit any crime." But Weinstein wouldn't elaborate further on Barron's defense.

Barron was released on personal recognizance, but with a "bail warning" from the judge -- a warning that if he is arrested again he could be held without bail up to 60 days.

Judge Warren Powers also ordered Barron to stay away from the state prisons. But Weinstein said he would seek to have that order modified "because he's a good lawyer and how else can he effectively represent his clients if he can't meet with them?"

Barron's website describes him as a federal criminal defense lawyer who received his law degree in 1987 from Boston College Law School. His next court date is Nov. 20.

Len-2A Training
10-05-2007, 08:44 AM
Not so sure of innocence here!

A GOOD criminal law attorney "might" [wink] become suspicious when someone asks him to deliver small glassine envelopes with white powder in them?? [rolleyes] [laugh2]

Lots of drugs get into MCI-Walpole/Cedar Junction. When I was in the Jaycees we formed a chapter behind the walls and at a joint meeting held at MCI-Walpole I witnessed inmates smoking grass in the auditorium.

Documented story in a Globe Spotlight Report some 25 years ago:
The head attorney for the Dept. of Mental Retardation was a criminal defense attorney in RI. She was caught allegedly smuggling license plates out of the prison for her client. She was offered a deal to leave the state or be disbarred. She was hired by DMR, with full knowledge of her alleged crime. I can tell you she was a bitch to deal with at DMR, an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.

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Date - SUNDAY July 4, 1982

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Lead paragraph Assistant public defender Allegra Munson, fined $500 for illegally requesting that a state prison inmate make three license plates, will leave her job this month.
Munson, 36, was fined Friday by Superior Court Judge Francis M. Kiely, who could have sentenced her to a year in prison on the misdemeanor charge of attempted larceny.

TX_TX She pleaded guilty to the count Feb. 26 in a plea bargaining agreement under which the state dropped charges of conveying contraband into the Adult Correctional Institutions, a felony, and dereliction of duty, a misdemeanor.
Public Defender William Reilly said Munson, an 11-year veteran of the department, is leaving her $35,108-a-year post voluntarily. The charges stem from a note sent last year on Munson's legal stationery to inmate George Brown, asking him to make three plates. The note, which was signed "Allegra," indicated one of the plates was intended for a friend of John Ouimette.

Ouimette is serving a life sentence for his alleged role in the multi- million-dollar Bonded Vault robbery.

Police charged that the note was an illegal request for license plates.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles would have no record of the plates if they were made at the prison and sent directly to someone. AG0519;07/03,09:54 CORCOR;07/06,11 B07814620

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So it wouldn't be the first time! [rolleyes]