Created on Saturday, 29 December 2012 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors in Cleveland are accusing three attorneys of trying to bribe two rape victims to change their testimony.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty says the lawyers offered the women $150,000.
Attorneys representing the three men all deny the charges.
Prosecutors told a judge in Cleveland on Friday that attorney Anthony Calabrese III orchestrated the plan. Calabrese pleaded not guilty.
He's already charged with racketeering and bribery in an unrelated case that's part of a lengthy investigation of county government corruption in Cleveland. An indictment alleges he paid a county worker to influence commissioners' choice of a new administration building.
A federal court filing says Calabrese plans to plead guilty in that case next month.