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Spy Couple Back in Court

Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers, charged with spying for Cuba over 30 years, were back in court Wednesday for a hearing before Judge Reggie Walton.  They waived their right to a speedy trial, and said they wanted the same lawyers to represent each of them.

AP story here.

Jefferson ‘Cold Cash’ Trial Begins

A briefcase ( pictured at left above ) that once contained $100,000., and that former New Orleans Congressman William Jefferson took from an FBI informant and placed in the trunk of his car, sat on a table in front of the podium as Assistant U.S.Attorney Mark Lytle told the jury they would hear “a startling and often disheartening account of public corruption at the highest levels of our government”. The jury was shown photos of foil wrapped bricks of cash concealed in Pillsbury Pie Crust and Boca Burger boxes that were found in the Congressman’s freezer.
In the defense’s opening statement attorney Robert Trout told the jury that the ex-Congressman “did not take a  bribe…did not solicit a bribe…is not guilty of any of these charges.”

Times-Picayune story here.

Couple Charged with Spying for Cuba

A retired State Department analyst and his wife were denied release at a detention hearing today following their arrest last week on charges related to serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government.

Assistant U.S.Attorney Michael Harvey, pictured above at the podium (and looking a lot like Steven Colbert), told Judge Facciola that Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn were planning to sail their 37-foot yacht to the Caribbean in November, possibly to Cuba.

“This escape plan, Your Honor, is no pipe dream,” he said.
Kendall Myers smiled.

Myers also taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and one of his former students has written about that here.

NYT article here.

Jury Selection for Jefferson Trial

Former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson stood before prospective jurors in an Alexandria, Virginia courtroom as his public corruption trial began today. He served nine terms in Congress, but is best known for the $90,000. in marked bills found in his freezer in May 2006.

Times-Picayune story here.