Lawyer who destroyed evidence spared prison time

An attorney who admitted to destroying evidence in a child pornography case was spared prison time Monday.

U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas sentenced Philip Russell to six months of home confinement, a $25,000 fine and 240 hours of community service.

Russell admitted to destroying a computer that was central to a case against a music director at Christ Church in Greenwich. Russell was the church?s attorney at the time of the incident and represented the music director, Robert Tate. Tate pleaded guilty at the beginning of the year to possessing child pornography.

Russell pleaded guilty in September to one count of misprision of a felony, which means he had knowledge of a felony but didn't report it. His law license was suspended as a result of the case.

AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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