Hearing ordered for woman advised by fake lawyer
April 5, 2010
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