Judge Weighs Evidence in Lawmakers' Corruption Trial

by Associated Press  on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 11:01 am   1 min read

Jon Woods

FAYETTEVILLE — Lawyers and a federal judge met behind closed doors to discuss whether some documents should be off-limits to prosecutors as the public corruption trial of a former Arkansas state senator approaches.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday that W.H. Taylor formerly represented ex-Sen. Jon Woods, who is accused of taking part in a kickback scheme. At the same time, Taylor represented an FBI investigator in a civil matter.

The judge will consider if there was a conflict of interest and whether certain documents in Woods' case are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Woods and two others go to trial April 9. The three men have pleaded not guilty.

Two others met with the judge and lawyers Wednesday. None would say what happened.

Another ex-lawmaker pleaded guilty to a related charge.

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