Saturday, December 10, 2016


Defense counsel in the Reza Zarrab Iran sanctions violations case has sent a seven-page letter to the Court, containing its argument, and briefing relevant legal authorities, in support of its position, that the Doctrine of Inevitable Discovery* does not apply, to allow information, which they say was illegally seized, into evidence.

The issues argued by counsel:
(1) The Government fails to show that it would have obtained access to Zarrab's email by 'lawful means.'
(2) The Government's allegations are unsubstantiated or irrelevant.
(3) The Court should grant a Franks** hearing to protect the integrity of the judicial process.

Zarrab's motions to suppress have been rescheduled to April 24, 2017.

* "Evidence that is obtained during the course of an unreasonable search and seizure will not be suppressed if ' that the information ultimately or inevitably would have been discovered by lawful means.'"
** A Franks hearing is a hearing to determine whether a law enforcement officer's affidavit, used to obtain a search warrant that yields incriminating evidence, was based upon false statements, or deliberate or reckless misrepresentations of fact.

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