- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A judge has rejected claims of entrapment in the case of an attorney accused of trying to have another lawyer killed in the Traverse City area.

Grand Traverse County investigators secretly recorded conversations between Clarence Gomery and a man who says he was offered $20,000 to kill attorney Christopher Cooke.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle (http://bit.ly/1xdLurO) says Judge Philip Rodgers dismissed the entrapment defense Monday. Trial is set for Feb. 24 for Gomery, who is charged with solicitation of murder.

Cooke was representing an ex-business partner who was suing Gomery over a golf course deal.

Gomery served as Leelanau County prosecutor in the late 1990s.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com

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