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Stamford attorney arrested on witness tampering charges

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The Connecticut State Division of Criminal Justice has announced the arrest of Darnell D. Crosland, a prominent Stamford-based criminal defense attorney, on charges of witness tampering.

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Crosland was taken into custody by Connecticut State Police on a warrant issued in conjunction with the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. He is charged with one count of bribery of a witness, one count of tampering with a witness and one count of conspiracy to commit witness tampering. All three offenses are class C felonies punishable by prison sentences ranging from one to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000 on each count.

Crosland’s most recent high-profile client is Brandon Wagshol, a Norwalk resident who received national attention after being arrested in August for possessing large-capacity weapon magazines and using Facebook postings to declare his interest in mass shootings. The arrest announcement did not state the specifics of the case against Crosland, except to note that the “investigation is continuing and the arrest warrant has been ordered sealed for 14 days from the date of arrest.”

Crosland, who is also a candidate for an at-large seat on the Norwalk Common Council, was released on $35,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Oct. 10. Following his release, he took to Twitter to describe his arrest as a “modern day lynching.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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