Viktor Bout’s lawyer has filed court papers today asking the judge to refuse to sentence him next week in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Viktor Bout’s defense attorney Albert Y. Dayan, argued to the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin in a 16-page memorandum filed this morning. According to Dayan, prosecution by the United States government was “the product of malice” and “private politics” stemming from “the then White House,” a reference to the Bush administration.
Bout faces at least 25 years behind bars when he is to be sentenced on April 5, but Albert Dayan, calling his client innocent and saying that his prosecution was the product of “outrageous, inexcusable” government conduct, called such a sentence “way too much under the facts and circumstances of this case.”
Thus far a spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office had no comment to Dayan’s letter to the judge. After a couple of postponements by the defense, as of this time the sentencing is currently scheduled for 5 April at 4:30pm E.S.T.
The entire 16 page letter written by defense attorney Albert Dayan submitted to the judge can be read here: Viktor Bout Asks The Judge Not To Sentence.
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