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Lawyer jailed on obstruction of justice charge

A Norfolk criminal defense attorney was arrested days after he allegedly yelled accusations against his client’s co-defendant in a courtroom hallway.

Herman C. Smith III is being held without bond in the Norfolk City Jail on a felony obstruction of justice charge, reports The Virginian-Pilot.

The incident occurred on Tuesday after a preliminary hearing in Norfolk General District Court, according to a statement from the commonwealth’s attorney office. A warrant for his arrest was sworn out Wednesday.

Smith was representing one of four defendants in an armed robbery case. According to police, he became upset after learning one of the co-defendants planned to testify against his client.

Upon leaving the courtroom, Smith reportedly shouted down the hall that the c0-defendant was “a snitch,” and that people should spread the word. The remarks were apparently overheard by a prosecutor and a detective.

 

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