Under pressure from a federal judge, a lawyer for indicted Maryland Sen. Nathaniel Oaks apologized in court Thursday for saying in legal filings that federal prosecutors had tried to “smear” his client.
Lucius Outlaw, a federal public defender, initially tried to explain to the judge why he thought it was improper for prosecutors to describe a pair of confessions they say Oaks made while he was under investigation for corruption. But when Judge Richard Bennett rejected that explanation, Outlaw appeared to begin to apologize.
The judge jumped in.
“No one is trying to smear anyone here,” Bennett said. “The court will accept your apology.”
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