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Ex-Starr adviser accused of misleading judge on leak

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors plan to show former Kenneth Starr adviser Charles Bakaly misled a judge about his role in a news leak and later changed his account to acknowledge he may have "unwittingly" confirmed information for a reporter.

Bakaly is countering that any problems were the fault of lawyers who prepared his statement to the court and omitted information. "Mr. Bakaly is not responsible for and did not cause that falseness," his lawyers argued.

Both sides laid out their strategies in final court filings Monday before Bakaly begins trial later this week in a case that stems from the end of President Clinton's impeachment drama.

Bakaly is charged with criminal contempt of court, accused of obstructing justice by making false statements to a judge trying to determine the source of a news story in January 1999.