The Maine attorney who has defended accused terrorists could be disbarred on criminal charges

A criminal defense attorney who has defended accused terrorists could lose his license to practice law in Maine after being charged with multiple crimes.

Scott Fenstermaker, a former Manhattan attorney who practices in Maine, was charged with trespassing, assault, reckless conduct and attempted theft in November, according to court filings. The case of Fenstermaker is a rare example of a lawyer being prosecuted for believing he was just doing his job.

The criminal complaints prompted the agency, which oversees court-appointed attorneys for Mainer poor, to block Fenstermaker from taking court-assigned cases and withdraw from its case count of more than 100, straining an already ailing legal service.

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