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BOSTON, Dec. 7 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law news — A federal trial…

BOSTON, Dec. 7 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law news — A federal trial jury convicted a Lakeville man late yesterday of attempting to hire a hit-man to murder a federal witness and solicitation to commit murder.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Robin M. Avers, Special Agent
in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New England; and Colonel
Thomas G. Robbins, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced
that CASEY P. FISHER, age 33, of 17 Keith Avenue, Lakeville, Massachusetts,
was convicted by a jury sitting before U.S. District Judge Reginald C. Lindsay
of use of an interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder-for-hire
and solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

Evidence presented during the five-day trial proved that CASEY FISHER
arranged to hire a hit-man for $10,000 to kill a federal witness against his
brother, John Fisher, who was facing federal charges for conspiracy to
distribute over 100 kilograms of hydroponic marijuana into the United States
from Canada. Since the time that CASEY FISHER was charged and arrested on the
murder-for-hire scheme, John Fisher pleaded guilty to the marijuana conspiracy
and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Separate federal charges of conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilograms of
marijuana are still pending against CASEY FISHER.

Judge Lindsay scheduled sentencing for February, 2005. CASEY FISHER faces
a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the murder-for-hire charges.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with
the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police, the Falmouth Police
Department, and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police Department. It
is being prosecuted Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter K. Levitt in Sullivan’s
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.

British MP George Galloway and his opponent the Daily Telegraph will leave no stone unturned to sort out what could be a spectacular libel case.