Don't call my bluff

Rookie moves from a prosecutor who's more political than prosecutorial:
Alas, figuring that he was playing with the house money, Mueller made a reckless bet: He charged not only Russian individuals but three Russian businesses. A business doesn’t have the same risks as a person. A business can’t be thrown in jail. And while members of Mueller’s prosecutorial stable have a history of putting real businesses out of business, a business that is run by a Putin crony and serves as a front for Kremlin operations is not too worried about that either.
So . . . guess what? One of those Russian businesses, Concord Management and Consulting, wants its day in court. It has retained the Washington law firm of Reed Smith, two of whose partners, Eric Dubelier and Katherine Seikaly, have told Mueller that Concord is ready to have its trial — and by the way, let’s see all the discovery the law requires you to disclose, including all the evidence you say supports the extravagant allegations in the indictment.
Needless to say, Mueller’s team is not happy about this development since this is not a case they figured on having to prosecute to anything more than a successful press conference. So, they have sought delay on the astonishing ground that the defendant has not been properly served — notwithstanding that the defendant has shown up in court and asked to be arraigned.
What's even funnier is that they asked for a few weeks to brief that extraordinary position.

1 comment:

E Hines said...

Justice delayed is justice denied. Of course Meuller's team is ready to proceed; they'd not have brought the charges formally otherwise. The judge presiding should require Mueller's team to deliver all the requested discovery materials within the next 48 hours, because, being prepared, Mueller's team has all that stuff ready to hand. And if defense, on review of the deliveries, wants more discovery, Mueller's team should be required to deliver within 48 hours because...they're plainly ready. Same short time suspenses for any depositions defense wants to conduct.

No delays. Defense is ready, prosecution is ready.

And no mistrial, no dismissal of charges, no withdrawal of charges. This stuff needs to come to light.

Eric Hines