Compare and contrast: the Mike Flynn case versus SDNY

Sara CarterNathan’s push for a probe granted the Associated Press access to unsealed documents. At the request of the AP, dozens of private text messages, transcripts and correspondences were unsealed Monday and prosecutors were ordered to explain themselves.

The newly disclosed records showed prosecutors discussing turning over records to the defense team for Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, who was charged in 2018 with money laundering, bank fraud and violating U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran by funneling $115 million through Venezuelan front companies.

Sadr was found guilty by jurors and was convicted in March 2020, facing a maximum of 125 years in prison. However, prosecutors in the SDNY filed a motion to withdraw the conviction, citing prosecutorial misconduct, and all charges were dropped.

The misconduct here was much less significant and severe (one attorney suggested a day's delay in producing evidence to the defense, and burying the document among other documents) than in the Flynn case, yet charges were dropped immediately without years of appeals.

Both involve prosecutorial misconduct, but the outcomes are vastly different.

This entry was published Fri Feb 26 22:25:25 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-02-26 22:25:25.0. [Tweet]

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