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Lawyer in jail-phone case gets probation after plea

Lawyer in jail-phone case gets probation after plea

A Lake Mary man who's been a lawyer less than a year has pleaded no contest to conspiring to smuggle a cellphone into the Seminole County jail to a client, a convicted con man. Marlon Smikle, 29, was placed on probation for two years and, as part of his plea deal, agreed to stop practicing law for a year, according to Assistant State Attorney Jim Carter. Smikle was scheduled to go on trial Monday in Sanford but appeared in court there Thursday for the unscheduled plea. He would not comment today. Shortly after his arrest, when questioned about the phone-smuggling charge, he told the Orlando Sentinel, "It definitely did not happen." Smikle was arrested March 13, two...

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