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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:57 PM
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Files on guilty plea won't be unsealed
Source: San Diego Union Tribune

Financier's case tied to Cunningham
By Greg Moran
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

March 8, 2008

A federal appeals court has ruled that the reasons why federal prosecutors in San Diego wanted to keep secret the guilty plea of a New York financier involved in the Randy Duke Cunningham scandals will remain sealed.

In a brief, unpublished memorandum issued Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said there is no public right to access transcripts of hearings in which prosecutors explain to a judge their reasons for seeking secrecy.

...

Kontogiannis is awaiting sentencing. Cunningham pleaded guilty and is serving an eight-year, four-month sentence in federal prison. Wilkes was found guilty and was sentenced last month to 12 years in prison.

An extraordinary curtain of secrecy was drawn over the Kontogiannis appellate proceedings. The judges ordered all the briefs to be filed under seal, the court docket for the case was not published, and the hearing where the government pleaded its case was closed.


Read more: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080308-9999-...



So, once again, the government is quietly covering up the truth, and I believe the truth that America MUST know to know the extent of the evil that has infected it! Look at this speculation thread on the secrecy here on the Next Hurrah, which suspects, as I do, that there is something very sinister about the way the government was working with Kontogiannis on money laundering likely for the CIA:

http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com/the_next_hurrah/2007/0...

To give you an idea of how evil it is, the article doesn't mention here that even though the media has been all but completely blocked to information on this trial, apparently the judges feel that CRIMINAL Brent Wilkes and his lawyer is entitled to review this secret information for themselves when the rest of us aren't! HUH? That to me is a sign that our government has become totally bankrupt and are hiding a conspiracy that probably is an order of magnitude worse than even Watergate was!

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/0042...

What is wrong with this picture? EVERYTHING!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:02 PM
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1. Not so shocking when we think of how long the right-wing has been filling
the courts with their fellow thugs ---

What the Supreme Court --- Gang of 5 --- did in 2000 should make that clear to us --
and the Bush/DOJ attack on 8 of their own AGs who wouldn't do their dirty work should make
that even clearer!!!

Yet, we still expect justice . . . ??? !!!


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thunder rising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:07 PM
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2. Hey, he's just a hard working judge wanting to keep his job. (Nothing to see here)
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QUALAR Donating Member (94 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:40 PM
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3. FOLLOW THE MONEY
CHENEY minus $140,000 to CONTRACTOR minus $140,000 to buy CUNNINGHAM Boat = IMPEACHMENT
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Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 12:04 AM
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4. K&R
Culture of corruption.
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