"Former Chairman of Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee Indicted for Acting as Unregistered Foreign Agent for UAE"

Thomas Barrack's initial appearance is now beginning.

Follow this thread for live coverage.
lawandcrime.com/high-profile/f… via @lawcrimenews
Barrack verbally consents to proceed via video conference.

The judge accepts that Barrack has received his advisement of rights.
Judge: Do you understand what the government alleges you did?

Barrack: Yes, your honor.
Barrack’s attorney Matt Herrington asks to follow the same path as co-defendant Matthew Grimes, i.e. continue the detention hearing to Monday.

The government agrees to that course of action.

Judge sets a hearing for Monday, July 26 at 8 a.m.
Barracked ordered detained until then.
* Barrack, not Barrack-ed, obviously.

Pardon the 7 p.m. typo.

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21 Jul
The We Build the Wall fraud case is back in court for the first hearing with the remaining defendants since Steve Bannon's indictment was dismissed.

Follow along with me @lawcrimenews.

Background: lawandcrime.com/high-profile/f…
Judge Torres seeks an update:

AUSA says they anticipate "near final" tranche of discovery in the coming weeks.

Prosecutors want to discuss a motion schedule.
AUSA Nicolas Roos argues that the remaining discovery should not delay pre-trial motions.

Kolfage's lawyer Harvey Steinberg is pushing for a later date than Judge Torres appears to want, for scheduling reasons.

"I'm literally in trial four weeks in a row, two trials a week."
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20 Jul
Live coverage

Matthew Grimes is about to have an initial court appearance.

Along with Trump's inaugural committee chair Tom Barrack, Grimes is charged with allegedly acting as an unregistered agent of the UAE.

Background, thread lawandcrime.com/high-profile/f…
Grimes is represented by lawyer Michael Freedman.

Prosecutors want him to remain detained, and they are arguing about that request now.

From the government's letter.
AUSA says the scheme involved contacts with the "highest levels of the UAE" and the "highest levels of the United States."

Read the prosecution's letter seeking Grimes's detention here: documentcloud.org/documents/2101…
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19 Jul
A man who threatened to assassinate Judge Sullivan over the Michael Flynn case is about to be sentenced.

Frank Caporusso left a voicemail with Chambers threatening: "A hot piece of lead will cut through your skull."

Background via @LambeJerry

Thread lawandcrime.com/high-profile/m…
Caporusso's voicemail is now being played in court.

This is a transcript.
Prosecutor reads a victim statement from Judge Sullivan:

"I never thought that one day, I would write a victim impact statement," Sullivan says, adding he listened to many in his career.

Sullivan: The defendant before you threatened to murder me because of my judicial decisions
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19 Jul
Good morning.

Listening in to the first sentencing proceeding for a felony-charged U.S. Capitol breach defendant: Florida man Paul Hodgkins, seen here toting a Trump flag in the Senate.

Follow along here, @lawcrimenews

Background, @Aaron_Keller_ lawandcrime.com/u-s-capitol-si…
This is from Hodgkins' statement of offense, signed by the government and the defense. storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
Prosecutors want the judge to impose an 18-month sentence, citing the "need to deter others [...] in cases involving domestic terrorism, which the breach of the Capitol certainly was."

Govt sentencing memo:

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12 Jul
Missed the six (!) hour hearing?

Here's a recap:

"A Federal Judge Holds 'Kraken' Lawyers' Feet to the Fire at Sanctions Hearing. Lin Wood Tried to Distance Himself from It All." lawandcrime.com/2020-election/… via @lawcrimenews
For what it's worth, I'm seeing folks claiming that Haller was crying, or asking about whether she did. She sounded nervous and perhaps awkward, with a shaky voice.

More than that? I didn't see or hear it.
As a caveat:

While I listened to the proceedings in full, my eyes weren't entirely fixed upon the screen throughout the entire six-hour ordeal.
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12 Jul
Miss the first two-and-half hours of the "Kraken" sanctions hearing? A breakdown:

"A Federal Judge Holds 'Kraken' Lawyers' Feet to the Fire at Sanctions Hearing. Lin Wood Tried to Distance Himself from It All."

More live coverage ahead, @lawcrimenews
Welcome back, all. Is everyone caffeinated and refreshed?
Judge: "As promised, we will begin with Mr. Wood."

Wood: "What I wanted to make clear is, as I said at the beginning," he does not believe the court has jurisdiction over him and that he did not sign the pleading.

"I do not have a slash-s signature line," Wood adds.
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