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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-05-07 01:57 PM
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Judges, lawyers to discuss co-conspirator behind closed doors
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Source: San Diego Union Tribune

By Greg Moran

August 5, 2007

Tomorrow morning, three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will gather in a courtroom inside an elegant 104-year-old building in Pasadena for an extraordinary hearing involving one of the co-conspirators in the Randy Duke Cunningham bribery scandal.

The court hearing will be closed to everyone the public, the news media, the defense attorneys save for the judges and a few lawyers from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The extreme secrecy is highly unusual. Veteran lawyers could not remember another time when the appeals court held a completely closed hearing.

The subjects to be discussed are transcripts and documents related to the February guilty plea of Thomas Kontogiannis, a New York developer who admitted to a single count of money laundering in the Cunningham case. Kontogiannis' checkered past includes convictions for bribery and bid-rigging, an estimated $70 million fortune, and a knack for staying out of prison.

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Folks it looks like the aftermath of Duke Cunningham, Carol Lam firing, Brent Wilkes and Dusty Foggo indictments are still covering up some big things, that they aren't letting out to us! We need to demand that we understand more of what is going on. It really smells like a coverup. When you have the Dems own Intelligence Committee chair trying to sit on the FBI report on Cunningham that got leaked a couple of weeks ago, something's wrong!
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