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D.C. Lawyer Convicted of Inventing Evidence

Prosecutors say Charles Daum invented evidence in 2008 drugs trial

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    A defense lawyer has been convicted of making up evidence and promoting perjury in defending an alleged drug dealer.

    Sixty-six-year-old Charles F. Daum of Arnold, Md., was convicted at a bench trial Friday. Two co-defendants, 62-year-old Daaiyah Pasha of Washington and her daughter, 32-year-old Iman Pasha of Springfield, Va., were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. The Pashas worked as private investigators for Daum.

    Prosecutors say Daum made up evidence and encouraged two witnesses to commit perjury during the 2008 trial of Delante White. The goal, according to prosecutors, was to make it appear as if 124 grams of crack cocaine seized by D.C. police actually belonged to White's younger brother.

    White's initial trial ended in a mistrial. He later pleaded guilty to drug dealing, tampering with witnesses, and obstruction of justice. White's girlfriend and two of his brothers also pleaded guilty to other charges.

    Daum and the Pashas will be sentenced on Nov. 19.