He signed a plea agreement. Last December his judge gave him the opportunity to withdraw from the plea agreement, Flynn declined.
“He signed a plea agreement. Last December his judge gave him the opportunity to withdraw from the plea agreement, Flynn declined.”
What does that have to do with a “gag” order? Why shouldn’t he be allowed to present his side of the story?
I believe he signed a plea agreement because he was hemorrhaging money for legal fees, and Mueller team threatened his son. You would probably sign under those conditions too.
BTW, Papadopolous accepted a plea agreement also because he was threatened with 25 years in prison under the never enforced Logan Act. There may be tapes and/or transcripts exonerating George also.
to be continued...
Well I bet he thinks he was coerced into it. So, merely withdrawing the plea agreement wouldn't really help him, in fact it would suck.
With the plea agreement withdrawn the DoJ would reinstate the charges, probably pile on a few more, and, best of all, as part of the plea agreement it always says "if you withdraw from this we can use the signed agreement against you in any subsequent prosecution".
So, if he was trying to protect his son (as many have claimed) withdrawl was a non starter.
Which is why Sidney isn't withdrawing, she is petitioning to get the cast thrown out on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. Thrown out, with prejudice (which would be the norm for a misconduct finding) means the charges can not be refiled.
In the Pentagon Papers case Daniel Ellsberg was charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 and other charges including theft and conspiracy, carrying a total maximum sentence of 115.
Then the judge required the FBI to disclose their break-in at his psychiatrist's headquarters and their use of illegal wiretaps against him. Just like in the Flynn case the Prosecutors knew these things, but didn't share them with the Defense.
From Wikipedia: "Due to the gross governmental misconduct and illegal evidence gathering, and the defense by Leonard Boudin and Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson, Judge Byrne dismissed all charges against Ellsberg and Russo on May 11, 1973 after the government claimed it had lost records of wiretapping against Ellsberg. Byrne ruled: "The totality of the circumstances of this case which I have only briefly sketched offend a sense of justice. The bizarre events have incurably infected the prosecution of this case."".
And then, that in turn led to the beginning of the end for Nixon, because the spying exposed in the Ellsberg prosecution had all been overseen by the White House.
So, who knows. We don't see it right now, but maybe the successful challenge by Flynn of his own guilty plea will be the start of the unravelling of The Obama D.C. Crips.