A Plano man convicted of two counts of corruptly influencing, obstructing and impeding the due administration of justice and one count of making a false statement in a motion that he is an attorney will appeal his conviction, his lawyer says. Laredo solo David Almaraz (pictured), attorney for Dale Allen Richardson Jr., says his client “absolutely will appeal.” On Oct. 19, a jury in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District in Laredo returned a guilty verdict against Richardson. As noted on the verdict form, the jury convicted Richardson on the obstruction of due administration of justice charges for his appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker in a criminal case on June 4 and June 29. The jury convicted Richardson of the charge of making false statements for filing a motion for admission pro hac vice motion with the court, according to the verdict form. In the Aug. 31 indictment in United States v. Richardson, the government alleged that Richardson falsely represented himself as an attorney in United States v. Reyes. A superseding criminal complaint filed July 12 provides the following government allegations: Richardson represented himself as an attorney for a man apprehended on immigration charges. In connection with his motion for pro hac vice admission, Richardson submitted documents to show he was in good standing with the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Cherokee Nation Bar Association. Authorities subsequently determined that Richardson was never a member of the Massachusetts Bar and that his membership in the Cherokee Nation Bar was obtained by using a California Bar admission number belonging to David Allen Richardson. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Richardson detained without bond pending his sentencing hearing on Jan. 13, 2011. Almaraz questions how the jury found Richardson “corruptly” did the things for which he was convicted. “In my estimation, no corrupting motive was ever attributed to my client,” Almaraz says. He says Richardson was trying to help an undocumented worker by asking the prosecutor to dismiss the case. “What corruption occurred in asking somebody to do the right thing?” Almaraz asks. Almaraz says Richardson also insists that he is a tribal lawyer and a member of the Cherokee Nation Bar. As noted in the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a clerk for the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court testified during Richardson’s trial that he had been disbarred on Oct. 4. Almaraz questions how someone can be disbarred if he was not a lawyer. Angela Dodge, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, writes in e-mail that the press release “constitutes our comments regarding the case.” Diana Song, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Richardson, did not return a telephone call for comment.
-- Mary Alice Robbins