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US Seeks Lawyer's Testimony Against Navy Official

IOWA CITY, IA(AP) -- A U.S. Navy civilian charged with illegally accepting housing benefits while stationed in Italy is appealing a ruling that requires his defense attorney to testify against him.
A judge has refused to quash a subpoena issued by federal prosecutors that orders Davenport attorney Jeffrey Lang to testify and give documents to a grand jury investigating Steven Ashton.
Ashton has appealed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, where he's expected to argue this week that the attorney-client privilege should apply.
Ashton was arrested at the military base near Naples, Italy, in February. He's pleaded not guilty to a seven-count indictment charging him with theft, falsifying records and making false statements.
Prosecutors say they need Lang's testimony as they consider additional charges related to an investigation of Ashton's private consulting business.

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