Conviction Of “Co-Conspirator” Thrown Out, Order For Acquittal Entered
This is a vanishingly rare outcome. A Federal Judge not only set aside a criminal conviction by a Jury, but also directed a verdict of Acquittal and a conditional order for a new trial should he be reversed on appeal.
By sundance, the Conservative Treehouse
In a stunning and very rare move today Federal Judge Anthony J Trenga has thrown out the conviction of a Mike Flynn’s partner Bijan Rafiekian (Flynn Intel Group) and granted the defendants’ motion to acquit. [Hat Tip to Techno-Fog for the ruling]
This is a huge blow to the DOJ-NSD who framed their special counsel case on sketchy FARA violations and bamboozled the jury with dubious legal theories. This type of intervention by a federal judge is very rare.
The implications for the Flynn matter should be self evident.