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Week Before OneCoin Trial Judge Ramos Quashes Scott Subpoenas for Cooperating Witness Calls

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon, Periscope

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 29 – After OneCoin's Konstantin Ignatov got a stay of the civil case against him, then the criminal case against him and his missing sister Ruja Ignatova was kicked down the road for at least another two months. Now the can for accused OneCoin money launderer Mark Scott looms closer, on November 4 before Judge Edgardo Ramos in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

On Sunday, October 27 Mark Scott's lawyer Arlo Devlin-Brown of Covington asked Judge Ramos to allow in more of Scott's post arrest statement.

  A similar request was made for example in the recent trial which convicted the Honduras President's brother Tony Hernandez the defense left until mid-trial but still got granted under a deal with the prosecutors encouraged by SDNY Judge P. Kevin Castel, here. More on Patreon here and here.

On Monday, October 28 in a two hour pre-trial conference covered by Inner City Press and at least two others, Judge Ramos ended by asking if the trial will in fact go forward on November 4, since he will be spending all week preparing.

  Assistant US Attorney Christopher J. DiMase replied he expects so, noting that no plea agreement has been offered to Scott.

Also near the end of the proceeding, Judge Ramos quashed Scott's subpoenas for the recorded phone calls of cooperating witnesses, citing the Nixon doctrine and a decision by fellow SDNY Judge Valerie E. Caproni in the Percoco case. Immediately four lawyers left the already sparse courtroom. 

  After the prosecution described OneCoin responding to a law enforcement presentation, Judge Ramos asked if it had been a press conference. No, a law enforcement to law enforcement presentation was the answer. The prosecution said OneCoin was able to access information about the meeting, without answering on when the meeting had been.

Earlier in the proceeding Judge Ramos rejected most of Scott's proposed supplements from his post arrest statement: five out of seven in full, and most of the other two.

  He also said that the government can show photos of Scott with a yacht and cars that he purchased, which the government said could show the jury why in their theory Scott gave up his already lucrative position in the Locke Lord law firm for the flashier riches working with OneCoin through the Fenero Funds.

On the other hand Judge Ramos will not allow in the testimony of a so-called "attempted victim" who chose not to invest in OneCoin after thirty minutes of online research, and will not allow in evidence of the gun Scott was found with when arrested, using the word (too) "thuggish" in denying it.

  The government said the trial will take two to three weeks. There will be four alternate jurors. Jury selection is set for November 4. Inner City Press will be there - watch this site. And watch this Periscope video, for now. More on Patreon here. The case is US v. Scott, 17-cr-630 (Ramos).


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