Saturday, December 11, 2004

Confessed Pornographer Charles Kushner's campaign to win leniency at sentencing includes 730 letters of support

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At 4:15 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Be assured that the Jewishwhistleblower will post the names of community leaders on the 730 letters if and when they become public.

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-8/1102572802252550.xml

Judge delays Kushner's sentencing
Legal fight flares in fraud case involving McGreevey benefactor
Thursday, December 09, 2004
BY JOHN P. MARTIN
Star-Ledger Staff
The criminal case against millionaire developer Charles Kushner took another unexpected turn yesterday as a judge postponed Kushner's sentencing and a simmering legal battle between prosecutors and defense attorneys turned testy in a courthouse hallway.

After a private meeting with U.S. District Judge Jose Linares in Newark, attorneys on both sides asked the judge to delay Kushner's sentencing next week on tax fraud, illegal campaign contributions and witness intimidation. Linares moved it to Jan. 18.

The lawyers cited "unresolved" issues in court and declined to elaborate as they spilled out of the courtroom. But as they huddled in the hall, tempers flared and voices rose. The word "obstruction" came up.

"Don't talk to me about your compliance with subpoenas! What a bunch of crap that is," First Assistant U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra barked to defense attorney Lawrence Horn, before the other attorneys stepped between the men and Horn walked away.

A renowned philanthropist and political benefactor to former Gov. James E. McGreevey, Kushner pleaded guilty in August and is almost certainly going to prison. The issue is how long he will have to stay there.

Sources with knowledge of the case said prosecutors had accused Kushner of stifling their continuing investigation into the financial dealings of his companies and the activities of at least four of his employees. Specifically, the sources said prosecutors contended that the Kushner Cos. had failed to turn over hundreds or thousands of documents sought by federal investigators.

A collection of partnerships, Kushner Cos. owns or manages more than $3 billion worth of property. The 50-year-old real estate magnate formally stepped down as chairman in August, but prosecutors say he still wields influence within company that bears his name.

In his plea, Kushner admitted cheating on his taxes and hiding illegal campaign donations by filing them under the names of his business partners. He also acknowledged that he lured a cooperating FBI informant -- his sister's husband -- into a videotaped tryst with a prostitute then sent a tape of the encounter to his sister.

Under the plea deal, prosecutors had agreed to recommend a range of 18 to 24 months, although the judge could ignore it.

The sources said the U.S. Attorney's Office has now threatened to recommend to the judge that Kushner lose credit for accepting responsibility in his case, a move that could add as much as nine months to his prison term.

Defense attorneys Benjamin Brafman, Alfred DeCotiis and Jeffrey Smith declined to discuss the negotiations, as did Horn.

Marra, who is prosecuting the case along with Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Resnik and Thomas Eicher, acknowledged only that obstacles remained that could affect the length of the sentence.

"I think we have some homework to do to resolve these issues," he said. "Both sides."

The sentencing will end an incredible swing for the son of Holocaust survivors who in the past decade emerged as an formidable businessman in New Jersey and a notable contributor to Jewish causes nationwide.

Two years ago, Kushner was poised to become the powerful board chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. But a bitter money feud with his older brother Murray spilled into public view in lawsuits that accused Charles Kushner of raiding family and company money to fund charities, political campaigns and his own lavish lifestyle.

He fended off an ensuing federal probe for more than a year, until sending the sex tape to his sister, who had allied herself with Murray Kushner. His plea in August quieted the whole affair but the case was roiled in recent weeks by legal wrangling.

Almost all of the maneuvering has occurred in phone calls and private meetings away from public view. First, a pre-sentence report completed by the U.S. probation office raised questions about whether Kushner had, as promised, destroyed or surrendered all copies of the sex videotape, according to sources with knowledge of the report. Kushner's attorneys planned to file sworn statements vowing that the tapes have been destroyed.

Then Kushner's attorneys mounted an exhaustive campaign to win leniency at sentencing. Last week, they gave the judge a 150-page memo and roughly 730 letters from friends, relatives and beneficiaries.

"We think Mr. Kushner's offense is isolated and totally uncharacteristic of a man who has spent his life helping others," DeCotiis said after yesterday's hearing. He said the letter-writers represented "a cross-section of people" who had known Kushner more than 30 years.

One of the letters is from Kushner himself, according to Smith. "Charlie submitted a very sincere and heartfelt letter," he said. "He accepted responsibility for his actions and acknowledged the pain that he had caused others."

The judge, citing objections by the attorneys, refused to immediately make the letters or memos public despite requests from The Star-Ledger and the Record of Hackensack.

Brafman objected outright to the request, saying it would be an invasion of privacy for the people who wrote letters on Kushner's behalf.

"We think it would be unfair to all the parties," he said.

Linares said he would rule after weighing the issue and any motions filed by the newspapers or attorneys. Brafman said he would file his objection by the end of next week.

The prosecutors yesterday submitted their 22-page reply to the defense team's sentencing memo. Marra said it countered some of the contentions made by Kushner's attorneys, but declined to discuss it.

Resnik told the judge that the government would not object to releasing it, but wanted to first redact some sensitive information in the document, such as names.

John P. Martin covers federal courts and law enforcement. He can be reached at (973) 622-3405 or at jmartin@starledger.com.

 
At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody reads this. You're all alone.

 
At 3:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, someone does.

 
At 4:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm here just to supervise. You see? No one else cares.

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger Avi said...

I'm here ...Avi...

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is not a confessed pornographer, you dope.

What he did had nothing to do with pornography. It was about intimidating a witness.

 
At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that JW is more interested in pornography than in witness intimidation or procuring....

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>He is not a confessed pornographer, you dope.

see above:
"He also acknowledged that he lured a cooperating FBI informant -- his sister's husband -- into a videotaped tryst with a prostitute then sent a tape of the encounter to his sister."

Pornographer/trafficker of a woman and a witness intimidator.

>What he did had nothing to do with pornography. It was about
>intimidating a witness.

By making a pornographic tape of him.

>Interesting that JW is more interested in pornography than in
>witness intimidation or procuring....

I'm upset by all three, but do you really want longer titles to my posts/comments?

 
At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JW

You're an idiot if you think this is about pornography. You're mind is clearly warped.

And, while we are at it, why do you find it necessary to 'out' the people who have gratitude for the millions of dollars in tzedakah that Kushner has given. Does that may you feel powerful?

This post makes me sick.

Get a life you loser.

 
At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a real anti-semite, you dog.

1. Kushner was targetted by the Feds because he was a major contributor to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, etc. Wjhatever they piled on him, pornography, prostitution, that's trumped up shit that everybody knows the Feds do to enemies of the Republican party. But that's OK, because that's the game.

2. YOU, you piece of dog shit, YOU picked on him because his name is Kushner. You are the dreck even the Nazis wouldn't step on. Fuck you, anti-semitic puddle of piss.

 
At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And all the Nazi websites come to this site and the luke ford and the vicki polin asnd they link to your story and all the goyim are happy, because the jews are undressing each other in public.

go suck some cock, you crazy bitch.

 
At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was posted 4:09 pm on Saturday. In my religion, that was still Shabbos.

 

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