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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-06-07 04:47 PM
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32. Emptywheel (Marcy Wheeler): Kontogiannis
TPMM reports that there is a non-public hearing on whether the plea bargain hearings for Tommy Kontiagiannis will be unsealed.

Now, the problem here, for District Court Larry Burns is that the government didn't say the contents of those hearings were classified until recently. Which is why we're at the Appeals Court in the first place.

Now, I'm frankly not that surprised about the secrecy surrounding today's hearing. But I can easily understand why Ray Granger, the lawyer for Kontogiannis' nephew John Michael, is pissed about it. That's because the apparent cooperation that the plea deal permitted ended up netting Michael an extra money laundering indictment. And, more specifically, I suspect the subject of the sealed proceedings would be Michael's best means of impugning Kontogiannis as a witness.

You see, Kontogiannis' plea deal mentions a great deal of other money laundering Kontogiannis and Michael and others have done, while it never reveals why Kongtogiannis bribed Cunningham or engaged in the other money laundering.
Whether my tinfoil has merit or not, though, the government seems to be claiming a compelling interest in preventing us--and John Michael--from learning the facts surrounding the other frauds Michael and Kontogiannis propagated.

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