The public defender who represented Greensboro staffing executive Greg Harrison in his federal tax fraud and evasion trial, has asked a judge to allow him to withdraw as counsel, citing an unspecified conflict of interest. The motion, which was filed on Monday, states the lawyer Tom Cochran discovered a conflict of interest "that would prohibit him from continuing to represent" the defendant. A separate motion that was sealed was filed on Valentine’s Day.
Harrison was found guilty by a jury of 63 counts of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service, failing to pay payroll taxes and failing to file individual income tax in December. Prosecutors have said he could face up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in April.