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Day Before SDNY Trial Kukushkin Wants 2d Day To Research Backgrounds of Jurors and Mull Striking Them

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Order Podcast Song

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 11 - For the Lev Parnas and Andrey Kukushkin trial set 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 Muraviev. 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."

On October 11, Kukushkin through his counsel Gerald Lefcourt asked Judge Oetken to "allow the parties to defer the exercise of any juror for cause and peremptory challenges until a second day of jury selection, after the names of the venirepersons have been disclosed to the parties... to allow the parties to conduct necessary background research on potential jurors and evaluate potential challenges and strikes." They said a 2015 SDNY case. So - more than one day of jury selection?

On October 11 Kukushkin asked to exclude a slew of Government Exhibits, 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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