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N.M. divorce lawyer broke into home of client's husband, records show

When justice hangs in the balance, how balanced is your lawyer?
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(CBS/AP) ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - You really can't blame someone for hiring an aggressive divorce lawyer... but then there's the case of the New Mexico divorce attorney who authorities say broke into the home of his client's estranged husband.

The Alamogordo Daily Times reports that lawyer Raymond Van Arnam was arrested Wednesday for fourth-degree felony breaking and entering and fourth-degree criminal damage to property over $1,000.

Van Arnam's client, Melissa Stonecipher, was also charged with fourth-degree felony conspiracy.

According to court records, Van Arnam broke into the residence of Stonecipher's husband, and let two other men inside to remove numerous items of baby furniture and baby accessories.

Records say that when the husband arrived at the residence, divorce lawyer Van Arnam charged the husband's car.

Van Arnam was jailed at the Otero County Detention Center in lieu of bond.

Time to call another lawyer.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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