What happens in a jailhouse interview room, doesn't always stay in a jailhouse interview room. A Georgia lawyer learned that the hard way, after an inmate snitched on him for allegedly trying to trade contraband for sexual favors.
Michael Stuart Winner, 45, of Sandy Springs, Ga., was booked into the Cobb County jail after allegedly making indecent proposals to two female inmates at the jail, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Winner met with the inmates in the jail's attorney-client meeting rooms, where he offered to smuggle items like drugs or tobacco in exchange for sexual favors, according to an arrest warrant. He then allegedly showed that he was serious.
Michael Stuart Winner allegedly exposed himself to one female inmate while conducting an attorney-client meeting, the Journal-Constitution reports. At another private meeting, he asked to see another inmate's breasts.
One of the inmates complained, which triggered an investigation into Winner's alleged trades for sexual favors. Sheriff's deputies arrested him Thursday on eight felony counts, according to The Marietta Daily Journal.
The charges include conspiracy to commit a crime, unlawful trading with inmates, violating Georgia's Controlled Substances Act, and the "use of communication facilities to violate provisions prohibited," the Daily Journal reports.
It's not the first time Winner's lawyerly activities have come under scrutiny. Georgia suspended his law license in June 2010 after he failed to respond to a state bar investigation. But the suspension was lifted a month later, according to the Daily Journal.
Attorney Michael Stuart Winner was released from the Cobb County jail on Sunday, the Journal-Constitution reports. But Winner was promptly arrested again, on separate drug charges from Fulton County, Ga. He's now being held without bond in the Fulton County jail.
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