Attorney Paul Sanford, who hosted several radio programs over the years in Monterey County, fell at least nine floors to his death at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside on Sunday, the Monterey Herald reports today. Police called his leap a “probable” suicide. The criminal defense lawyer made headlines in 2005 when he joined the White House Press Corps and was the first reporter to ask then-press secretary Scott McClellan whether the leaking of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s name was an act of treason. The question caused Beltway bloggers to incorrectly describe Sanford as a reporter for the liberal Air America radio network. At the time, he was associated with KOMY, an Air America affiliate. Station owner Michael Zwerling later sued Sanford, saying he was not authorized to represent the station as a reporter. The case was headed for trial in February. More recently, Sanford and fellow attorney Shawn Mills were co-hosts of a show on Seaside station KRXA 540.

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