Trial for Luis Posada continues to drag
The long-delayed trial of a Cuban exile could be put off again at prosecution's request.
By JUAN O. TAMAYO
The federal trial of Cuban militant exile Luis Posada Carriles, which was scheduled to start March 1, has been postponed for at least three months.
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone in El Paso, Texas, Thursday granted the prosecution's request for a delay and set May 20 for a status conference to determine whether a new trial date could be set then.
The prosecution's motion was sealed -- kept secret -- by Cardone, so it was impossible to determine why the government sought the last-minute delay in a case that has been on the docket since 2007.
The motion was only one of a flurry of about 40 sealed motions filed in the case since Jan. 1 by several parties involved. Some attorneys described it as an unusual level of secrecy.
Surprise, Surprise! I'll make sure to keep my eyes open around Memorial Day to see if there are any more secret prosecution delays. Gosh, it's almost like the government wishes he would die rather than see him face justice in a court of law!