Former Prosecutor Accused of Trying to Hire Hit Man to Take Out Rival

The lawyer's alleged motive was payback for a courtroom defeat that cost him money.
2:07 | 07/23/14

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former prosecutor charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill a rival attorney. The alleged motive, payback for a courtroom defeat that had cost him a lot of money. ABC's Mara schiavocampo is here with that story. Reporter: Good morning. That man Clarence bombery is used to being an attorney not a defendant but he not only tried to hire a hit man he even made a deposit. This morning. Clarence gomery is waking up on the wrong side of a prison cell, the 59-year-old former Michigan prosecutor turned defense attorney now charged with homicide, solicitation of murder. The facts of the case are significant and disturbing. Reporter: His alleged target, Chris cook, another attorney he battled with when he was a defendant in a civil case last year. I represented a client who was defrauded by Mr. Gomery in a land purchase. Reporter: Police say he's seen here in better times tried to hire a hit man to kill Cooke, offering him $20,000 plus another thousand to buy a gun but the man he allegedly tried to solicit turned him in. I think god intervened to a degree in this matter and I think that also there was a very ethical person that came forward. Had he not come forward, Mr. Gomery very well may have found somebody else to carry out his plan and we'd be investigating a murder. He has no criminal history at all. He is not a danger to others or himself. Reporter: His former lawyer argued that the married father and grandfather is not a financial flight risk because he's declared bankruptcy. But the judge wasn't buying it setting bail at $5 million. I'm concerned for the safety of the public. I'm concerned for Mr. Cooke. I do believe that the right thing will occur in this case and that the system will do its job. Reporter: He declared bankruptcy after that civil judgment against him and pleaded not guilty in this case back in court for a preliminary hearing next week. Robin? We'll see what happens. Mara, thanks so much.

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