Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Attorney Indicted Over Probe at Church That Elder Bush Attended

1010 WINS - On-Air, Online, On Demand - Attorney Indicted Over Probe at Church That Elder Bush Attended: "A prominent Greenwich defense attorney was charged Friday with obstructing justice and destroying evidence in a probe of child pornography involving the music director at a church where former President Bush once worshipped.

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 pleaded not guilty 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. Tate pleaded guilty in January to possessing child pornography."

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