Monday, February 22, 2010

Luis Posada Update: 3 Month Delay

Earlier this month I posted a blog entry titled Aging Terrorist Bites Hand That Fed Him about Luis Posada, a former CIA operative and anti-Castro terrorist convicted in absentia of blowing up a Cuban airliner in 1976 that killed 73 people and has been involved with numerous hotel bombings, assassination attempts, coke smuggling and many other criminal activities. I was looking forward to see if he would get a fair trial in America as any terrorist is entitled to, even though his trial is only for the crime of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements (wow, just like Scooter Libby!) or if strings would be pulled in his favor because of his past CIA association. Looks like we got an answer today:

Trial for Luis Posada continues to drag

The long-delayed trial of a Cuban exile could be put off again at prosecution's request.

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!

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