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Lawyers Accused Of Trying To Bribe Rape Victims

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File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (CBS Cleveland/AP) — Three lawyers have been indicted after being accused of allegedly bribing rape victims.

WEWS-TV reports 40-year-old Anthony Calabrese III, 44-year-old Marc Doumbas, and 63-year-old Giles Timothy Marshall tried to bribe two rape victims in upcoming criminal cases.

“The bribe sought to change the victim’s testimony in exchange for $150,000 in cash, including a $6,000 finder fee,” the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said in a press release, according to WEWS-TV.

Calabrese turned himself into authorities while arrest warrants are out for Doumbas and Marshall.

Calabrese has also been charged with racketeering and bribery in a lengthy investigation of county government corruption in Cleveland. He is preparing to plead guilty to those charges.

An indictment filed in June against Calabrese alleges he paid a county worker to influence commissioners’ choice of a new administration building.

The indictment also accused Calabrese of trying to hinder the corruption investigation.

Calabrese previously was accused of paying public officials in exchange for business for his law firm and legal clients and had pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

A federal court filing Wednesday says Akron federal judge Sara Lioi has scheduled a Jan. 15 hearing where Calabrese plans to plead guilty.

A message was left Wednesday for Calabrese’s attorney.

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