A Massachusetts law student whose future profession failed after he took a laptop computer made things far even worse with an unlawful maneuver that could land him in prison for 20 years, according to district attorneys.
Daniel Scher, 33, pleaded innocent Wednesday to perjury and damaging a court document after being charged with swapping out his guilty verdict slip in his case file, according to a news release from Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley.
Scher was convicted of larceny in 2014 after taking the computer from Suffolk University Law School. He got 3 months in prison and a suspended sentence, but the school chose not to give him a law degree, according to a statement issued by Conley`s office.
Scher later on went to the Boston Municipal Court clerk`s office, asked to see his case file, then switched an innocent decision slip in for the one that pronounced him guilty, according to Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Greer Spatz.
The verdict slip provided to the jury in Scher`s larceny case had two spaces, one for guilty and one for blameless. Following jury considerations, the jury foreperson marked the box for guilty, and the trial judge and clerk examined it and it was read into the record.
Following the conviction, Scher presumably returned to the notary`s office on several events. Throughout among those sees, prosecutor’s state, he got rid of the decision slip from his file and made a copy that he became reflect a decision of not guilty. He later utilized the created verdict slip in various proceedings, according to Conley.
On July 22, 2014, Scher was arraigned in Brighton Municipal Court on charges of running a motor vehicle without insurance coverage and leaving the scene of an accident triggering property damage, prompting a hearing to figure out whether he had broken the terms of his suspended sentence for the larceny conviction.
Scher`s lawyer for that hearing presented the forged jury slip to cast doubt on the larceny conviction. Five months later, Scher allegedly filed a problem with the state Department of Criminal Justice Information Services where he claimed that the decision at his trial was not guilty which he had actually informed the court of the supposed mistake.
And in 2014, an attorney retained by Scher emailed Suffolk University Law School, which had actually rejected Scher a diploma and status due to the theft and conviction pending a last hearing.
I am attaching a copy of the decision kind that suggests Not Guilty, the attorney wrote in the email, which was accompanied by a scanned copy of the created slip.