Monday, September 28, 2009

More on Ben Kuehne

This weekend Jay Weaver had an interesting article about the oral argument in Ben Kuehne's case. Background here. Jay asks whether DOJ has targeted Fabio Ochoa's lawyers because they actually had the nerve to go to trial. And Joe DeMaria, the recent quote-master, is at it again:

"This is the Scopes Monkey trial of money laundering cases,'' said former federal prosecutor Joseph DeMaria, referring to the historic 1925 test case in Tennessee over the teaching of evolution in school.**
"If the government wins a conviction against somebody like Ben Kuehne, it will send the defense bar into a deep freeze,'' said DeMaria, who has represented several white-collar defendants in civil forfeiture cases. "This isn't just about drug dealing; it affects the entire spectrum of law enforcement.''

Read the whole article... Good stuff.

Sitting here watching MNF right now. It was a long weekend for Miami sports. Dolphins, Canes, Pennington.... Ugh. At least we got off the board in the blog fantasy league.

**I like how Jay has to explain to the Herald readers what the Scopes Monkey trial is all about...


Anonymous said...

Why was my comment on the racist tendencies of the US Atty's Office not posted?

I only highlighted its willingness to make trophy's of politicians of color, and release lighter skinned, rich defendants on diversion agreements.

What's up with that?

Anonymous said...

so silly. you mean politicians of color like ken jenne? mary mccarty? larry smith? alex daoud? tony masilotti? carmen lunetta? harvey shenberg? john lomelo? you mean to say that no one in the us atty office made "trophies" of these people or that they all served no-time sentences? we have enough of a corruption problem down here to muck it up with a false kneejerk defense of racism where it doesn't belong. You do people of color no good by trying to deflect attention from their own corruption. When it comes to South Florida, corruption is an equal opportunity disease.

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are really reaching back...I think you forgot to mention Boss Tweed and Benedict Arnold. Why don't you explain that non-pross agreement from palm beach?

Anonymous said...

All you AUSA's out there may want to take a look at this:

You still have to be ethical, even if it is not constitutionally required!!!

P.S. Cudos to the many of you who are quite ethical and do a great job! Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Best Comment EVER!