You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Reply #32: Emptywheel (Marcy Wheeler): Kontogiannis [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-06-07 04:47 PM
Response to Reply #30
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.

more...
http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com/the_next_hurrah/2007/0...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC