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Honduras Ex President Juan Orlando Hernandez Moves To Sever Trial From Tigre Bonilla

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 3 – After the president of Honduras' brother Tony Hernandez was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to life plus thirty years, on April 21, 2022 the ex-president himself, Juan Orlando Hernandez, was extradited to the United States.

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  Inner City Press which covered the trials of Tony Hernandez and Giovanny Fuentes Ramirez immediately published the unsealed JOH indictment, which was returned on January 27, 2022 but left under seal.

On October 25, JOH's October 27 proceeding was pushed back, to November 15, 2022 - and when it happened, Inner City Press was there, and live tweeted, thread here and below.

On February 3, JOH's lawyer moved to sever his trial from that of Tigre Bonilla:

 "Dear Judge Castel, I represent Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado with respect to the above noted matter. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 14, defense counsel respectfully moves this Court on behalf of the defendant for an Order directing an election of separate trials and/or counts; or in the alternative, granting a severance of defendants based on the pervasive and unavoidable prejudice that will result by joinder of the defendants and/or counts. We believe that the defendant will suffer prejudice from a joint trial, so much so that the taint will be “sufficiently severe to outweigh the judicial economy that would be realized by avoiding multiple lengthy trials”. United States v. Walker, 142 F.3d 103, 110 (2d Cir. 1998). Moreover, it is the defendant’s position that prejudicial spillover will occur in that evidence that is admissible against one or both of the other proposed defendants (i.e. Mauricio Hernandez Pineda and Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares (i.e. “El Tigre Bonilla”) will be prejudicial to the former Honduran President, Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado."

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