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Seattle man accused of posing as lawyer

Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008

EVERETT, Wash. - A Seattle man tried to keep a woman accused of child abuse out of jail by posing as her attorney in a Snohomish County courtroom, according to charging papers.

The Herald of Everett reports that 78-year-old Charles Conrad Adams was charged earlier this week in Snohomish County Superior Court with two counts of unauthorized practice of law.

According to charging papers, Adams represented the woman at a 2007 arraignment hearing and also tried to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors.

It wasn't immediately clear how Adams came to represent the woman, who was accused of sexually abusing a fifth-grade girl.

Court documents say Deputy Prosecutor Cynthia Larsen, assigned to the woman's case, got a call from Adams, identifying himself as the woman's attorney and asking to reschedule an arraignment hearing.

He eventually agreed to keep the hearing time and represented the woman at the arraignment before Superior Court Judge Gerald Knight, Deputy Prosecutor Charlotte Comer wrote in charging papers. The defendant pleaded not guilty.



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