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Before SDNY Trial Parnas Raised Severance From Kukushkin Calling Fruman The Glue

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Order Podcast

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 10 - For the Lev Parnas and Andrey Kukushkin trial to begin jury selection on October 12, the US Attorney's Office on September 21 named the man they say paid $1 million that went to Nevada political candidates: Andrey Maraviev. In a footnote: "The Government has previously redacted Muraviev's name in public filings and the Indictment, but no longer does so here given that a trial... is now immanent."

And imminent it is: "NOTICE as to Lev Parnas, Andrey Kukushkin: THE PARTIES AND COUNSEL ARE DIRECTED TO REPORT TO COURTROOM 318 OF 40 FOLEY SQUARE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021 BY NO LATER THAN 9:30AM." Inner City Press will be there.

On October 5 Judge Oetken held the final pre-trial conference in advance of October 12 jury selection. Inner City Press live tweeted it here and below (podcast here)

Late on October 7 the US Attorney's Office has written to Judge Oetken seeking rulings in advance to admit exhibits including "The Inaugural Committee Articles, the FEC Complaint Article, the Time cover, and the Russian Root Emails." Full letter on Patreon here.

  Parnas has asked for, and on October 4 got, public funding to travel to NYC and now to stay in a hotel, under the CJA: "ORDER as to Lev Parnas: Defendant Lev Parnas, through his counsel, has submitted a letter stating that he can no longer pay the costs of his defense. While he does not request the appointment of new counsel, he does ask the Court to order funding to cover the costs of travel and lodging during his upcoming trial, which is scheduled to begin on October 12, 2021. First, with respect to travel, the Court has statutory authority to direct the United States Marshals Service to arrange or pay for transportation to the place of trial "when the interests of justice would be served thereby." 18 U.S.C. ยง 4285. Accordingly, and finding that the interests of justice would be served thereby, the Court hereby directs the Marshals Service to arrange or pay for Parnas's transportation to New York in advance of the trial scheduled to commence on October 12, 2021. Travel shall be arranged sufficiently in advance of October 12 to allow appropriate Covid-19 testing for entry to the courthouse. Second, Parnas asks the Court to order the Government to pay for his lodging during trial. As Judge Gleeson explained in detail in United States v. Mendoza, 734 F. Supp. 2d 281 (E.D.N.Y. 2010), there is unfortunately no clear statutory source of funding for lodging (as distinguished from transportation) for indigent defendants during trial. For the reasons discussed by Judge Gleeson, the Court concludes that "the only acceptable option in this case [is] to make use of the judiciary's budget for criminal defense attorneys." Id. at 286. The Court finds that providing lodging during trial is necessary for adequate representation under the circumstances. Therefore, the Court orders that Parnas's counsel will be reimbursed at the government per diem rate for the Defendant's hotel during the duration of the trial. Counsel is directed to speak with the CJA Clerk for further instructions on securing a hotel under the CJA. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge J. Paul Oetken on 10/4/2021)."

  On September 28, Kukushkin opposed the US' motions in limine and argued, among other things, that "The government intends to introduce out of court statements of Mr. Parnas against Mr. Kukushkin. Accordingly, Mr. Kukushkin has the right to impeach Mr. Parnas' credibility... Mr. Kukushkin sits before this Court because he and Mr. Muraviev fell for Mr. Parnas' con.... He is a victim." Watch this site.

Also on December 2, 2020 live-tweeted by Inner City Press here. More on Patreon, here.

On September 21 the US Attorney's Office put in its proposed question for prospective jurors, including at to Trump that they be questioned on their views "outside of the hearing of other prospective jurors." And outside the hearing of the Press? Watch this site.

On September 10, Igor Fruman pleaded guilty. Inner City Press live tweeted it here (with vlog; podcast here)

The case is US v. Parnas, et al., 19-cr-00725 (Oetken).


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