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In Honduras Trial Evidence Deal Reached For More Of Post Arrest Statement of Tony Hernandez

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon, Thread, Video
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 13 – The prosecution of the brother of Honduras' president for guns and drug running began with a bang on October 2 with the charge that already life imprisoned El Chapo Guzman gave the defendant $1 million for this brother, the president. On October 8, sworn witness Alex Ardon further described the meeting, with both El Chapo and Tony Hernandez present and the cash in plastic bags, and then got cross examined about killing 56 people, see thread, Patreon and below.

The trial is before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel and Inner City Press is live tweeting it. See also Patreon here on the fast mention and shut-down of Nikki Haley's name.

  On Sunday October 13 Assistant US Attorney Emil Bove informed Judge Castel that a deal on evidence was reached with Tony Hernandez' lawyers, to modify and presumably expand how much of the defendant's post arrest statement will be seen by the jury; DEA Agent Gonzalez who conducted the interview with not be subject to more cross examination. Also on October 15 the prosecution will put on the stand another cooperator, a weapons expert and another DEA agent, not Gonzalez. More on Patreon, here.

 Here's the letter: "The Government writes to inform the Court that the parties have reached agreement regarding Government Exhibits 403 and 403-T, which contain excerpts of the defendant’s postarrest statement. (See Tr. 754). Although the Government believes that the defendant waived any argument under the Rule of Completeness by failing to timely object (see id. at 745-47), the Government has agreed in response to defense requests to modify certain segments of the recording (GX 403) and the corresponding transcript (GX 403-T). The Government will publish the modified segments to the jury on Tuesday, October 15. The parties are also in agreement that there will be no further cross-examination of Special Agent Gonzalez.  Respectfully submitted,  GEOFFREY S. BERMAN  United States Attorney By Emil J. Bove III."

 And here the post arrest statement as so far put in to the jury, as uploaded to YouTube by Inner City Press, here.

  On October 11 much of the direct and cross examination concerned a video filmed of Tony Hernandez in a Denny's in Tegucigalpa, which Inner City Press has put online here. Here from the thread is some of how it came up:

... The questioning turns to Los Cachiros, Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga ..AUSA: So this meeting in a restaurant in Tegucigalpa, how did you record it? [Referring to exhibit 401]. A: With a watch. AUSA: Where did you get the watch? A: I bought it. AUSA: And afterward you gave the recording to the DEA? A: Yes....

Tony H's lawyer asking a lot of questions about the watch-recording in Denny's: who decided when to turn on the camera and when to turn it off, did it use blue tooth... Q: How did you turn over the footage to the DEA? A: On a card

Tony H's lawyer: Weren't you afraid you would be followed?

A: No, I had just bribed the brother of the president...

  On October 10 there were arguments until the end of the day about whether larger portions of Tony Hernandez' post arrest statement than so far shown to the jury should come in to evidence. Judge Castel chided the defense for not objecting earlier, but gave them a chance. He said both sides should submit on the issue by Sunday and noon. And so they did - with a deal.

Inner City Press will continue to cover this and other SDNY and 2nd Circuit cases - watch this site, and there is more on Patreon, here.


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