We have previously reported that Viktor Bout's appeal of his Federal criminal conviction was affirmed by the Second Circuit. His attorney of record, Albert Dayan, has now filed a Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc*.
The grounds for the petition, which Mr. Dayan's brief states involves questions of exceptional importance:
(1) Outrageous conduct of the United States Government violated Due Process.
(2) Conspiracy to Commit Reckless Murder is a crime that does not exist.
In another development, Bout's wife, Alla Bout, has told Russian media that her husband has sent a letter to Mr. Dayan, terminating his representation, and that Bout has decided not to proceed further with the appeal process, which is contradicted by the filing of the Petition for Rehearing En Banc.
Mr. Dayan's office has advised that he has not as yet received any such communication from his client.
*Meaning that, if granted, the case will come before all the judges of the appellate court, for a their decision.