Friday, October 23, 2020

Stamford Attorney Charged With Bribery, Witness Tampering

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A Stamford attorney has been charged with bribery of a witness, tampering with a witness and conspiracy to commit tampering with a witness, state police announced in a prepared statement.

Darnell Crosland, 50, of Stamford, was arrested Tuesday by State Police on a warrant issued in conjunction with the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

All three offenses are felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on each count, officials said. The accused was released on $35,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court next week.

“The investigation is continuing and the arrest warrant has been ordered sealed for 14 days from the date of arrest,” state police said in a statement.

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Crosland denied any wrongdoing and said the charges are related to his referring a man involved in a shooting to another lawyer, Fox 61 reports.

Crosland is also the former president of the NAACP’s Norwalk branch. He briefly ran for mayor of Norwalk earlier this year but switched to running for an at-large seat on the city’s Common Council, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Crosland recently worked as an attorney for Brandon Wagshol, 22, a Norwalk man accused of showing interest in carrying out a mass shooting.

In separate requests in Stamford Superior Court, Crosland sought to have his client’s computer returned, to have his bond reduced from $250,000 to $100,000 and to limit the number of his visits to a probation officer from every day to once a week.

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