Hearing ordered for woman advised by fake lawyer | SkyHiNews.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Hearing ordered for woman advised by fake lawyer

DENVER (AP) – A judge will hold a hearing to decide whether an Aspen woman represented by a fake attorney should get a new trial.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled that Gwen Bergman’s right to have an attorney were violated in October 2007 when she was found mentally competent to stand trial. She was represented by Howard Kieffer, a man convicted in North Dakota for impersonating an attorney.

Kieffer advised Bergman to move forward with a trial, contradicting advice from another attorney. Bergman was convicted in May 2008 of trying to hire a hit man to kill her son’s father and is serving a nine-year sentence. U.S. District Judge Walker D. Miller will determine if Bergman was mentally competent. A hearing date has not been set.



Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

The Sky-Hi News strives to deliver powerful stories that spark emotion and focus on the place we live.

Over the past year, contributions from readers like you helped to fund some of our most important reporting, including coverage of the East Troublesome Fire.

If you value local journalism, consider making a contribution to our newsroom in support of the work we do.

 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User