Office, home of veteran city defense attorney raided

Scope of investigation unclear as DEA agents search properties

April 15, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Law enforcement authorities raided the Pikesville home and downtown Baltimore office of veteran defense attorney Stanley H. Needleman Thursday morning. The scope of the investigation was not immediately clear.

At his law office in the 1000 block of N. Calvert St., the front door was ajar with a handwritten "Closed Today" sign taped to it. Through the front window, men appeared to be looking through papers, and three agents were lingering outside around back of the office. A spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration initially denied that agents were involved, then said the agency would have no comment.

Needleman, 68, used to share office space with his son, attorney Jonas Needleman, and Jonas' wife, attorney Christie Needleman. Jonas and Christie moved up the block to a new space in recent months.

Two other attorneys share space with Stanley Needleman on other floors of the building, but their offices were not targets of the raid.

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