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Idaho lawyer suspended for evidence tampering in Alaska

June 9, 2017

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawyer’s license to practice law has been suspended for a year after he pleaded guilty to evidence tampering in a 2014 drug case in Alaska.

The Idaho Supreme Court found Jeremy Featherston had violated the bar’s rules of professional conduct by committing a criminal act that reflects poorly on a lawyer, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported (http://bit.ly/2rUwEH3 ).

Court documents state Featherston’s former brother-in-law was arrested in Alaska on drug charges when he reached out to his wife from a jail and asked her to erase data on two of his mobile phones.

Featherston is accused of erasing the data on the two devices, which were being held as evidence by authorities in Alaska. He was charged with felony evidence tampering in Alaska in 2016.

The State Bar stated Featherston was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service. Alaska court records also showed Featherston was fined $2,500.

Featherston will be on probationary status with the bar for one year after the suspension expires.

Featherston said in a statement Thursday he was “not aware the devices were the subject of any criminal investigation, nor that they were actually in police custody at the time.”

Featherston said he has been a lawyer with clients in Bonner County for more than 16 years.

“And after serving my suspension I look forward to continuing to provide these services to my community,” he said.

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Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com