Hearing yields explosive testimony about law enforcement corruption in gun case


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Dean Weingarten
January 30, 2013, 12:14 PM
A decision on whether or not members of a New Mexico gun dealer family will get a new trial on charges of lying on federal firearm purchase forms could happen as early as this week, Las Cruces Sun-News reported yesterday. Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico indicated in yesterday’s hearing that he will make his decision “soon” following a day of testimony that revealed the extent of corruption a key law enforcement witness against the Reese family was under investigation for – a fact the prosecution withheld from the defense and the jury when it was asked to decide whose testimony during the trial was credible.

Defendants Rick and Terri Reese and son Ryin, New Mexico gun dealers jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, and who have since had conspiracy and money laundering charges against them dismissed, filed a motion for a new trial after being convicted of, as Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition described it, “the comparatively minor charge of lying on gun sales forms -- even though the lies they were convicted of were perpetrated by federal agents and the Reese's crimes were that they ‘should have known’ that the agents were lying.” A second son, Remington Reese, was cleared of all charges.

“Attorneys for the Reeses … argued Monday that their clients deserve a new trial because the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not provide the defense with potentially damaging information about a key prosecution witness until after the trial ended,” ABQ Journal reported earlier this morning. “Defense attorneys contend the witness, Luna County sheriff’s detective Allen Batts, might have shaded his testimony to curry favor with federal prosecutors, since he has been the subject of federal investigation for the past decade.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/hearing-yields-explosive-testimony-about-law-enforcement-corruption-gun-case

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Dean Weingarten
January 30, 2013, 12:20 PM
There are several links to original courtroom reporting by citizen reporters at the trial. The case is remeniscent of Soviet trials. The entire family was locked up for months without bond. All of their assets were frozen so they could not hire a lawyer.

Numerous bogus charges were filed against them to induce a plea bargain. The charges were tossed by the judge. Three of the four were convicted of minor charges, essentially that they were lying about knowing that federal agents were lying.

Now we find out that the main federal witness was under investigation by the feds for years, and this fact was denied to the defense.

The old media is dutifully ignoring this case. The prosecutor has been nominated to a federal judgeship by the Obama administration.

Bubbles
January 30, 2013, 12:33 PM
Wow, had not heard the update. Thanks!

Rubber_Duck
January 30, 2013, 08:28 PM
Holy crap!

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