Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lawyers for Posada Carriles: FBI bomb reports "irrelevant"

A goal of the 1997 bombing campaign was to scare off tourists so they wouldn't go to such attractions as the Bodeguita del Medio, above, an old Ernest Hemingway watering hole.

Lawyers for Luis Posada Carriles want to bury FBI reports on detonators examined in Havana.
The lawyers say the government sprang the evidence on the defense just as the case was going to trial in February 2010.
Defense lawyers said in a document filed May 18 that disclosure of the reports on Feb. 12, 2010, "was untimely, and the reports and testimony accordingly should be stricken by this Court."
They said:
In addition, the evidence is subject to exclusion for foundational reasons. These would include: a significant gap in the chain of custody created by the Cuban authorities who obtained the evidence, the failure to maintain a proper chain of custody by both Cuban and American investigators, a lack of authentication and hearsay. Finally, this evidence is irrelevant and violates Rule 403 of the Federal Rules of Evidence as its prejudicial value far exceeds any probative value.
Along the Malecon's Anti-Castro militants page

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