According to an Orange County, California, press release from the District Attorney, a husband and wife, both attorneys, were charged with conspiracy for planting drugs in the car of a volunteer elementary school teacher, Jane Doe.
Kent Wycliffe Easter, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, both 38, were arrested on June 19, 2012, by the Irvine Police Department and charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to procure the false arrest and charging of Jane Doe, false imprisonment, and conspiracy to falsely report a crime. If convicted, then they face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. Defendants were arrested on $20,000 bail and are expected to be arraigned July 17th, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. Kent Easter has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 1998. Jill Easter was admitted to the Bar in 1998, but her license is expired.
Mr. and Mrs. Easter’s son was a student at the school where Jane Doe volunteered, and defendants are accused of becoming angry with her because they believed she was improperly supervising their son. Defendants allegedly conspired to have her arrested in retaliation by placing a bag of Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana, and a used marijuana pipe behind the driver’s seat of her unlocked vehicle, and in plain sight for a police officer to see. Mr. Easter is accused of placing a phone call to police, giving a false name and phone number, and telling the dispatcher he was a concerned parent who witnessed an erratic driver parking at the elementary school. He is also accused of claiming to have witnessed Jane Doe, whom he identified by name, hide a bag of drugs behind her driver’s seat in her car. Perhaps DNA from the pipe will result in additional charges. He placed this call from a hotel phone allegedly caught on hotel surveillance. Should an attorney who behaves in this morally reprehensible way have their bar license taken away? Innocent until proven guilty…Stay tuned.
June 21, 2012