- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors have dropped all charges against a San Jose attorney who had been accused of tipping off a target of a major drug investigation through a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Authorities had said defense attorney Michael Edward Hingle revealed details of a planned police raid to Hells Angels officer Steve Tausan in order to protect a client who was a target of the probe.

But Hingle’s attorney, Mary McNamara, says she uncovered evidence that details of the planned raid were discussed in open court. As a result, McNamara says, Hingle couldn’t be charged with revealing information that had already been publicized.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1muzICE ) that charges of obstructing justice and lying to federal agents were dropped.

Prosecutors gave no explanation in court filings as to why the case was being dismissed.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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