Lawyer in Michigan Jail Smuggling Case Gets Probation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban Detroit attorney who authorities say smuggled Xanax pills and chewing tobacco pouches into the Oakland County Jail to her incarcerated fiance has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.
The Detroit News reports Nina Backon of Farmington Hills was sentenced Wednesday. She earlier pleaded guilty to contraband and drug possession charges.
The 35-year-old told the court she's eager to get her life "back on track."
Oakland County Circuit Judge James Alexander told Backon she has a large responsibility as a lawyer and "blew it."
Sheriff's officials say Backon came to the jail last May to visit 23-year-old Eric Wilamowski, serving a 93-day sentence for possession of drug paraphernalia. Suspicious deputies searched Wilamowski and found six pills and 10 chewing tobacco pouches.
Backon had claimed to be his attorney.


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  • by Surpriseme Location: Local on Apr 30, 2011 at 01:10 AM
    Ok, now I know why people go to law school, its a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD. There is a whole lot more to this story. This attorney has already been sentenced to probation for various things, at least twice that I know of, and as far as I understand, was currently on probation and incarcerated for violation of probation at the time of sentencing!! At least the judge revoked her license to practice, but I wonder what the conditions of this probation are. Why is this story now so vague? Because of privacy rights, I can not comment further, but I know first hand that there is a WHOLE lot more to this story. UNREAL!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    This goes to show you that not all lawyers are great liars.
  • by comuncents Location: Jackson on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:33 AM
    Way to keep the guy addicted. Good way to loose a good career. Nice example.
  • by WhereIsThe News Location: Lansing on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    There has to be more to this story. I can't believe he got 93 days for possession of drug paraphernalia. She pleads guilty to contraband and drug possession charges and gets probation? Seems like Ms. Backon should be the one in jail and Mr. Wilamowski on probation.
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