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Ex-clerk seeks new trial in leaked-file case

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The former federal court clerk convicted last week of supplying confidential court documents to a Salt Lake drug trafficking organization has asked the court to grant her a new trial.

Shari Lewis Lang filed the motion for a new trial on Wednesday. The motion also asks U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell to overturn her convictions of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact and removal of records from a courthouse.

Her husband, Johnny Lang, was also found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact and making a false statement to police. His attorney has not made such a motion.

Jurors determined Shari Lewis Lang, after only eight days as a court clerk, took home a sealed document detailing plans to place an electronic tracking device on a vehicle used by the heroin ring. Using information in the document, Johnny Lang then called the alleged drug dealers and tipped them off to the investigation. Federal agents said the phone call jeopardized a lengthy investigation and an undercover officer's safety.

The couple is scheduled to be sentenced March 15. Each faces at least 10 years in prison.

No date has been set for hearing arguments on the motion for a new trial.