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Grand Forks Attorney's Troubled Past

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  A Grand Forks attorney, who's now facing the possibility of life in prison has a troubled past.

  Last week, Henry Howe was suspended from practicing law, after being arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Howe allegedly conspired with 2 of his clients in a drug case… to murder an informant, who was working for a narcotics task force.

  Henry Howe was practicing law in his downtown Grand Forks office, until his arrest last week.  Other tenants in the building say his wife, Mary Seaworth, also an attorney was no longer practicing law here.

  Supreme Court officials quickly ruled to suspend Howe from practicing law, following his arrest for conspiracy to commit murder.

Brent Edison, Disciplinary Board Prosecutor: "If I receive evidence that a lawyer has committed misconduct and poses a substantial threat and harm to the public, then I have a duty to immediately report that to the North Dakota Supreme Court."

  In September of 1975, Howe was charged with tampering of witnesses and unlawful delivery of controlled substance in Valley City. Those charges were dropped.

  But, over the years, Howe would need to respond to the Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board, half a dozen times.

  Howe faced numerous allegations of not living up to the standards of defending his clients. In fact, he was suspended from practicing law for 4-months in 2001. Plus, the Supreme Court was already considering suspending him for another 6-months, regarding a different case last fall.

Brent Edison, Disciplinary Board Prosecutor: "Those specified crimes would qualify for disbarment."

Reporter: "I'm assuming, conspiracy to commit murder would easily fall under this category?"

Edison: "That would be my interpretation, yes."

  Edison says a hearing to consider the permanent disbarment of Howe, likely won't take place, until  this current court case against Howe  is completed.

    Henry Howe is currently out of jail, after he posted ten-thousand dollars on his bond of one-hundred-thousand.  We reached out to him for comment, but we haven't heard back.

  The Supreme Court also gave all of Howe's current clients to another Grand Forks attorney.

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