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Queens attorney and accomplice accused of bribing witness

September 26, 2018 - 6:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Queens-based criminal defense attorney and another man described as an alleged fixer have been indicted on charges they bribed a witness who testified in a double-homicide trial on Long Island.

The 65-year-old lawyer, John Scarpa Jr., pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. His attorney told The New York times he'll be "fully exonerated."

His accomplice, 56-year-old Charles Gallman, of Queens, will be arraigned at a later date. His lawyer declined to comment.

Prosecutors say the two men plotted to bribe a witness in a Suffolk County criminal trial against Scarpa's client, who was ultimately convicted of the unrelated murders of two men.

Authorities say Gallman is also suspected of using his connections in the criminal underworld to help throw other cases.