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Before SDNY Trial Kukushkin Wants To Exclude TIME and Russian Roots Emails As Parnas Wants To Sever

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Order Podcast Song

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 11 - For the Lev Parnas and Andrey Kukushkin trial to begin jury selection on October 12, the US Attorney's Office on September 21 named in a filing to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge J. Paul Oetken the man they say paid $1 million that went to Nevada political candidates: Andrey Maraviev. In a footnote: "The Government has previously redacted Muraviev's name in public filings and the Indictment, but no longer does so here given that a trial... is now immanent."

Just after midnight on October 11, Kukushkin through his counsel Gerald Lefcourt asked Judge Oetken to exclude a slew of Government Exhibits: "We write on behalf of Andrey Kukushkin, a defendant in the above referenced matter, to  object to the government’s admission at trial of three articles (GX 8-A-2; 30-A-1; and 32-A-1),  and a magazine cover (GX 38-A-29), as well the Russian Roots emails (GX 136 and 137). That  these documents “form a key part of the Government’s proof … of the defendants’ mens rea” is  not the standard for admissibility. On the contrary, given the virtually non-existent evidence  establishing the defendants’ mens rea and limited relevance of these exhibits, particularly as to  Mr. Kukushkin, any probative value is significantly outweighed by the prejudice they create.  Accordingly, we respectfully request that the Court find that they are inadmissible and preclude  the government from introducing them at trial. In addition, although not addressed by the government’s submission of October 7, 2021  (“Gov’t Letter”), Mr. Kukushkin seeks to preclude the government from admitting GX 1402, a  series of charts produced to the defense yesterday which purport to “summarize” the various text  exchanges between the defendants, as well as with others, in order to aid the jury. The charts are  not fair and accurate representations of the exhibits they purport to summarize." Full 8-page letter on Patreon here.

On October 5 Judge Oetken held the final pre-trial conference in advance of October 12 jury selection. Inner City Press live tweeted it here and below (podcast here)

Late on October 7 the US Attorney's Office has written to Judge Oetken seeking rulings in advance to admit exhibits including "The Inaugural Committee Articles, the FEC Complaint Article, the Time cover, and the Russian Root Emails." Full letter on Patreon here. And now, song here.

  Parnas has asked for, and on October 4 got, public funding to travel to NYC and now to stay in a hotel, under the Criminal Justice Act.

  On September 28, Kukushkin opposed the US' motions in limine and argued, among other things, that "The government intends to introduce out of court statements of Mr. Parnas against Mr. Kukushkin. Accordingly, Mr. Kukushkin has the right to impeach Mr. Parnas' credibility... Mr. Kukushkin sits before this Court because he and Mr. Muraviev fell for Mr. Parnas' con.... He is a victim." Watch this site.

Also on December 2, 2020 live-tweeted by Inner City Press here. More on Patreon, here.

On September 21 the US Attorney's Office put in its proposed question for prospective jurors, including at to Trump that they be questioned on their views "outside of the hearing of other prospective jurors." And outside the hearing of the Press? Watch this site.

On September 10, Igor Fruman pleaded guilty. Inner City Press live tweeted it here (with vlog; podcast here)

The case is US v. Parnas, et al., 19-cr-00725 (Oetken).


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