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Convicted ex-attorney turns prison informant

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  • Fredric Tokars is helping prosecutors from prison
  • Tokars is serving a life sentence for wife's murder in 1997

A former attorney convicted of murdering his wife in 1997 has been busy in prison. He's helped solve six murders in the last 10 years.

Fredric Tokars is helping prosecutors as a prison informant. He even testified in a case that sent a man to death row, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Tokars is serving a life sentence for asking his business partner, Eddie Lawrence, to hire a hitman to murder his wife in 1992. The shooter killed Tokars' wife in front of their young children.

Bill Torpy, a reporter for the AJC, wrote that Tokars said fellow prisoners approached him for legal advice. He would share details of orchestrating the death of his wife, in order to gain trust with the prisoners, and many of the prisoners confessed to murders, while they were talking to Tokars about their cases.

One prisoner, charged with murdering a man and his family just because he thought they might be witnesses against him one day, admitted to the crime while asking Tokars to help with his appeal. Tokars later testified in court against that man.

So is this a violation of attorney-client privilege? 

"There is no lawyer-client privilege with a disbarred, disgraced lawyer who's in jail for murder," Torpy said.

 

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