New charges filed against prominent Baltimore attorney; second attorney, investigator indicted
Friday, December 18, 2020
William Carter, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
A scandal involving a well-known Baltimore defense attorney has deepened.
In a superseding indictment, a federal grand jury indicted attorney Joshua Treem of Columbia and private investigator Sean Gordon of Crownsville. Attorney Ken Ravenell was indicted in 2019 on charges related to a racketeering and drug conspiracy.
“Attorneys are officers of the court,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement. “They are not above the law. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will investigate and prosecute attorneys who violate the trust placed in them by breaking the law and obstructing justice.”
Prosecutors allege Ravenell and Treem practiced at the same law firm in the 1990s and early 2000s. On Jan. 21, 2016, Treem began representing Ravenell in connection with a grand jury investigation. Ravenell had previously retained Gordon in connection with Ravenell’s representation of a drug trafficker. He later worked with Treem in connection with the investigation into Ravenell. Treem represented Ravenell until June of last year.
Ravenell, Treem, and Gordon are also charged with one count of falsification of documents and obstructing an official proceeding. From May 5, 2013, through Dec. 11, 2018, they allegedly worked to hinder federal investigations into Ravenell and a client.
Ravenell allegedly obtained access to incarcerated individuals he did not represent and sent private investigators, including Gordon, to interview them and civilian witnesses so that Ravenell and others could attempt to influence their testimony.
If convicted, all three could face life in prison.