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Update on November story about special prosecutor
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Scott Lawrence
The Jefferson County District Attorney confirms to KFDM News that a special prosecutor has finished his work on a case involving a Beaumont lawyer, and the D.A. says there is not any investigation or charge against a Nederland businessman, who is a blogger and private investigator, we had also reported on in the same story last November.
KFDM reported in November that according to investigative journalist Jerry Jordan and his setinvestigates.com website, attorney John Morgan and blogger Philip Klein were under investigation by special prosecutor Shane Phelps.
KFDM News spoke with Cory Crenshaw, the Jefferson County District Attorney, on Monday.
"I can confirm there is no charge that my office has regarding Philip Klein," said Crenshaw. "Shane Phelps was the special prosecutor specifically to look into matters related to a local attorney. That work ended when it was determined there was no further need for the D.A.'s Office to remain recused."
Crenshaw also said, "There is not any investigation or charge against Philip Klein. In the process of the investigation into a local attorney, some individuals may have made assumptions as it relates to Mr. Klein."
Philip Klein wrote a letter to KFDM and sent an email Friday about the story. He said he'd been informed by his legal counsel that there is no longer any special prosecutor and no charges have been or would have ever been filed against him for anything. He said he'd done nothing wrong and never did anything wrong.
D.A. Crenshaw told KFDM the local attorney, John Morgan, pled last week to a Class B Misdemeanor.
Judge Langston Adams told us he gave Morgan one year deferred probation, a $1,000 fine and 40 hours of community service following his plea for filing a false report to a peace officer.