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January 24, 2010

LAWYER ADMITS HE SPOKE TOO SOON

Boston Herald - Middlesex Superior Court officers had to peel an accused murderer off one of Boston's best-known criminal defense attorneys after he claimed Jeffrey Denner tried to poison him, then attacked him in front of a judge.

Just as his now-suspended jury-waived trial was about to get under way on a charge he assaulted a correctional officer at Bridgewater State Hospital, Eben Howard told Judge Diane M. Kottmyer that Denner was "useless rubbish," had poisoned his cranberry juice and that Denner's co-counsel, Mark Freeman, had run over his dog, according to a transcript. Howard, 36, handcuffed and in chains, lunged at Denner.

"The court officers subdued (Howard) immediately," said court spokeswoman Joan Kenney. . .

"It's no problem," Denner told the Herald. "I'm not intending to press charges. The court officers were very diligent and very quick."

Denner said he was jumped right after telling Kottmyer Howard was competent to stand trial.

"Perhaps I spoke too hastily," he said.


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