Tuesday, March 27, 2012
It is an excellent summation and like none that I have ever heard or read. It is indeed revealing of the created case against him in the murder of Kemo Deshawn McCray, a drug trafficker turned informant that was murdered when federal agents failed to protect him in his informant work for them. They refused his request to enter witness protection and wait until you find out why!
It is my intention to go through the entire trial transcript in many posts and include a link to the transcript for each day discussed. However, I have decided that this blog will not do it justice with the surrounding posts on various other topics. I am working on a new blog in which the sole purpose is discussion and documents from Paul Bergrin's first trial, the next trial that is coming soon, and later trials if there are any.
There will be an Appeals panel addressing the situation that prosecutors have pushed to the forefront. Prosecutors did not like the fair and impartial Judge William Martini and want him removed from the next trial. The panel will be hearing oral arguments on March 29, 2012 and will make a decision shortly thereafter, probably within two weeks.
To read more about the fight that prosecutors have started over US District Judge William Martini, read this recent article in The New York Times:
For 2 Titans of U.S. Court in Newark, Bad Blood
Why? Since when do prosecutors get to choose their own judge? Isn't that best referred to as judge shopping?
The "why" is that on several occasions, Judge Martini did not rule in favor of the government. But what could be expected in a case with no actual evidence that rides on the words of a parade of convicted felons seeking leniency in sentencing? The progression of this trial reminded me of the Antonio "Nino" Lyons case from Orlando federal court. USA Today investigated thoroughly and wrote extensively on the prosecutor misconduct in the Lyons case:
Prosecutors' conduct can tip justice scales
Federal prosecutors too often work above the law
Justice Dept. agrees to pay $140,000 to man wrongly jailed
Yes, the truth is that federal prosecutors in the Paul Bergrin trial(s) are judge shopping. They absolutely need to exchange Judge Martini for a more compliant judge because there is no actual evidence. The transcript of Paul Bergrin's summation on November 15, 2011, in the concluded trial is here (PDF):
US v Bergrin (1st Trial) Bergrin Summation
In the future you will find all posts, documents, and transcripts on the blog that is reserved specifically for this purpose. Please do bear with me as I complete the design of the blog and begin to post - expect that it will all be in place by April 15, 2012 or sooner: Paul Bergrin on Trial
We look forward to the Appeals panel making the correct decision and calling a halt to prosecutors' attacks on the honorable, fair, and impartial US District Judge William Martini.
Update - 03-31-2012 @6pm: All transcripts for each day of Paul Bergrin's trial have now been uploaded to my website and linked on the "Transcripts" page of the new Paul Bergrin on Trial Blog. Any documents available to me are linked on the "Documents" page of that blog.