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Friday, February 16, 2007

Investigations at Greenwich church lead to indictment of attorney

The AP is reporting that a prominent defense attorney has been indicted as a result of the investigation into the computers at a Greenwich church once attended by former President Bush's family.

Philip Russell, 48, of Stamford was charged in a two-count indictment unsealed Friday, authorities said. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport and was released after posting $100,000 bond.

Russell entered not guilty pleas to the charges, said his attorney, Thomas Williams.

"Mr. Russell maintains his innocence to these charges," Williams said. "He plans to continue with his law practice. He's optimistic that if the case is not dismissed, that a jury will find his conduct was lawful."

Russell allegedly obstructed justice on Oct. 9, 2006, by destroying a laptop computer containing child pornography that was owned by Robert F. Tate, the former music director at Christ Church in Greenwich. Russell, the former attorney for the church, destroyed the computer to obstruct an FBI investigation, authorities said....

Tate pleaded guilty in January to possessing child pornography.

Former President George H.W. Bush attended the church while growing up in Greenwich....

Tate, 64, of Greenwich, admitted possessing between 150 and 300 sexually explicit images of children. The images were seized from Tate's apartment at the church, authorities said.

In addition to Tate, investigators have been looking into how the church handled the matter. The church has hired a criminal attorney, Eugene Riccio.

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Obviously we need to pray for the congregation of this church.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

may i join you in your prayers for this innocent man, his family and his clients. these charges have no merit. the government is out of control.