The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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September 1, 2009

Baxter Springs defense attorney arrested after client leaves office

By Roger McKinney

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Criminal defense attorney Chris Meek was arrested Tuesday at his Baxter Springs law office by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of narcotics possession.

Ashley Anstaett, spokeswoman for Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, said no formal charges had been filed.

Meek is a former Cherokee County prosecutor, and he also has served in Europe on the defense teams of two accused war criminals from the former Yugoslavia.

Meek’s attorney, Billy Rork, of Topeka, said Meek was freed after posting $5,000 bond.

Rork said a person who had previously scheduled an appointment with Meek met with him at the office late Tuesday morning. Rork said the person left behind a bottle of prescription medicine.

“As soon as the client had left, Chris was confronted by KBI agents in his office,” Rork said. Rork said the KBI agents remained there until they received a search warrant. He said that when the search warrant arrived, the agents retrieved the prescription bottle.

Rork said he did not know what medicine was in the bottle. He said the person had scheduled the appointment with Meek several days before the appointment took place Tuesday.

The agents arrested Meek and booked him into the Cherokee County Jail.

Rork said he didn’t know when to expect formal charges.

Meek declined to make a statement on the advice of his attorney.

Meek served as Cherokee County attorney, which is the county prosecutor, from January 1985 to January 1989. The law firm Christopher Meek and Nathan Coleman has offices in Baxter Springs and Joplin, Mo.

Court date

Chris Meek’s attorney, Billy Rork, said a court appearance has been set for Sept. 28.

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