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Pras Michel Trial Has US Witnesses, Judge then Clarifies Jury Not To Decide US Misconduct

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, March 31 – Pras Michel on trial on charges of working for Jho Low to lobby the Obama then Trump administrations.

He also met with China about Guo Wengui / Miles Kwok, detained last week along with his chief of staff Yvette Wang on fraud charges - Inner City Press story here, stand-up here. Jho Low book here

  The trial began in earnest on March 30 with the prosecution's opening and first witness. Inner City was there, live tweeted thread here
(more on Substack here) Here for vlog 1 2 (Guo)

On March 31, after the cross of Heuchling, there were Randall Toussaint, Tysa Wright, Loic Gouzer, Eric Feigenbaum and Nevill Richardson.

Judge Kollar-Kottely told a 4 pm sentencing that she arrived a bit late because she wanted these witnesses to finish and not have to come back Monday. Later she docketed a clarification:

as to March 31, 2023, "the Court must offer two clarifications as to its evidentiary rulings. First, the Court has reiterated several times that the defense may not elicit or present to the jury any allegations of government misconduct. Those claims are for the Court, not the jury. As such, the Court excluded the defense's attempts to elicit allegations that a witness felt intimidated by government investigators. Second, the parties appear to have misconstrued the law as to Counts Five and Six of the [84] Superseding Indictment, charging witness tampering in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1512(b). As a matter of law, that a witness did not feel intimidated by a defendant's alleged threat is not a defense to witness tampering. See United States v. Jackson, 513 F.2d 456, 460 (D.C. Cir. 1975) (18 U.S.C. 1503); United States v. Davis, 854 F.3d 1276, 1292-93 (11th Cir. 2017).  Additionally, the Court clarifies its rulings regarding impeachment through material in an FBI 302. An attorney must first take multiple steps before inquiring of the witness whether they made a particular prior statement. For example, to impeach a witness, the Court requires the attorney to first announce that they intend to use a particular document for the purpose of impeachment and afford opposing counsel an opportunity to review the document before beginning the impeachment. See Fed. R. Evid. 613(a). Second, a document may only be used for impeachment if it contains the witness's prior statement that is in fact inconsistent. Therefore, a witness may not be impeached by an FBI agent's summary of a witness's purported prior statement...  Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on March 31, 2023. (lcckk1)

  On March 24, the business day before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia trial, Michel's lawyers put in a supplemental witness list including... Steve Bannon. List on Patreon here.

 On March 25, Michel asked the Court to have Guo Wengui brought to testify: "The testimony of Wengui, is material and necessary to Defendant for a successful defense..  Service for Guo Wengui has been attempted at MDC; however, Process Servicer was informed “Absolutely no legal papers are allowed to be served in premises for this case.”

Petitioner requests this court issue a Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Testificandum to Herberto Tellez the Warden of MDC, Brooklyn, New York in Kings County, to bring Guo Wengui before this court at a date and time forthcoming to testify as a witness in petitioner’s trial, and to return Guo Wengui to the state penitentiary immediately on the conclusion of his testimony." Full filing on Patreon here.


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