Attorneys for J. Lewis seek information access

Government records are sought in Raven's drug conspiracy case

Pro Football

May 14, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Lawyers for Jamal Lewis were in court yesterday seeking information that the government might use against the Ravens running back in a drug conspiracy case.

One of Lewis' attorneys, Don Samuel, characterized the session as a standard proceeding.

"We're just working through our discovery disputes," he said.

Samuel said his side is trying to obtain 20 items from the government, including transcripts of recorded phone conversations involving Lewis, surveillance reports, information involving broken tapes, and names of alleged co-conspirators.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Walker allowed Lewis' attorneys to meet with the government.

"A lot of what we're asking for - and I'm sure the government will agree - we're going to get eventually," Samuel said.

Lewis is accused of helping broker a cocaine deal for a childhood friend, Angelo Jackson, during conversations with an informant in 2000. He was indicted Feb. 25 in Atlanta on federal drug charges.

The sides will reconvene May 26, at which time a ruling on what information the defense will be privy to is expected. There also will be a hearing for Jackson on the admission of evidence from a search of his car and the admission of a statement he made after his arrest.

Lewis and Jackson have pleaded not guilty. No trial date has been set.

The Ravens anticipate having Lewis at training camp.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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