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Bemidji lawyer disciplined for harboring fugitive

ST. PAUL — A Bemidji lawyer has been placed on two years of disciplinary probation after admitting to harboring a fugitive last year.

Amber Julie Ahola waived her rights to a public hearing and admitted to lying to law enforcement when asked about the location of a wanted man, according to a petition filed at the Minnesota Supreme Court by Martin Cole, director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

Ahola was the court-appointed attorney for John Jerrod Jones, whose age or place of residence was not included in the petition. After being released from prison, Jones was to be placed in a Brainerd treatment facility for 90 days, according to the petition. Ten days into the program, Jones left the facility.

Ahola admitted to picking Jones up and taking him to her home in Bemidji.

A warrant for Jones’ arrest was issued, and police received a tip that the man was staying with Ahola, who admitted to lying twice to police about Jones’ presence in her home. After police threatened to obtain a search warrant, Ahola admitted Jones was in the residence.

Ahola’s punishment includes being publicly reprimanded, serving two years probation and paying a $900 fine. 

Justin Glawe
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