Fugees Lawyer Leaks Secret Docs To Reporters

Fugees Lawyer Leaks Secret Docs To Reporters

Prominent defense attorney David Kenner, whose clientele includes notable figures like Snoop Dogg, recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor contempt of court charge. This charge stemmed from leaking grand jury information to reporters regarding a political conspiracy case involving a rapper from the Fugees. Kenner, based in California and renowned for representing celebrities like Suge Knight and Tory Lanez, received a sentence of one year of unsupervised probation and a $5,000 fine.

Federal prosecutors revealed that Kenner, while representing Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, a founding member of the Fugees, shared grand jury details and images with two Bloomberg News reporters for “defense-oriented” articles just before the start of Michel’s trial in Washington, D.C. Despite being ordered by the court not to disclose this information, Kenner provided it to the reporters. His actions were deemed reckless by the judge during sentencing, marking a “low point” in Kenner’s extensive legal career spanning 56 years.

Michel, facing trial with testimony from notable figures like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeff Sessions, was eventually convicted on all 10 counts, including conspiracy and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government. Now, he seeks a new trial with his new attorney, Peter Zeidenberg, citing multiple errors in Kenner’s handling of the case. This includes using artificial intelligence in closing arguments, where Kenner mistakenly attributed lyrics from a song by Diddy to the Fugees.

Despite the maximum possible prison sentence for Kenner’s charge being six months, the judge opted for unsupervised probation due to his age and lack of prior criminal record. This decision surprised some, including the judge himself, who initially considered imposing a fine alongside the probation. Kenner, who had planned to retire after Michel’s trial, faces financial strain after spending $1.4 million on his defense.

A spokesperson for Michel expressed disappointment in Kenner’s actions, stating that they breached client trust and cost Kenner dearly. Michel’s charges involve allegations of funneling money to Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and attempting to influence an extradition case on behalf of China under the Trump administration, actions purportedly facilitated by Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho. Jho, accused of orchestrating a massive money laundering scheme, remains a fugitive.

Throughout the trial, Kenner argued that Michel’s motives were financial and that he received poor legal advice as he ventured into politics.

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