In the aftermath of the Circuit Court of Appeals decision, remanding ALEX SAAB MORAN's case back down to the District Court (SDFL) on the issue of whether he has diplomatic immunity from prosecution for money laundering, something interesting has occurred. Remember how we saw, immediately after that ruling, the entry a Temporary Appearance by new counsel, solely for the purpose of the immunity issue, and not a Permanent Appearance for trial.
Our review of the docket in the Saab case has revealed no less than five new eminently qualified and competent attorneys, all from Baker & Hostetler, also filing Temporary Appearances, obviously to act as a team on that very important issue. They are:
JONATHAN BARR, former AUSA and DOJ trial attorney.
ELIZABETH PRICE FOLEY, Professor at FIU School of Law, and B & H attorney.
JONATHAN NEW, former AUSA at SDNY, and DOJ trial attorney.
RICHARD RAIL, appellate specialist and lawyer for Virginia House of Delegates.
KENDALL WANGSGARD, SEC and FCPA specialist.
This is a star-studded assembly of lawyers, to deal with a sole issue that we assumed has been moot since Saab Moran cut his reported deal with the DOJ. It is possible that Saab is trying for one last time to evade accountability for his money laundering, for no matter how good his agreement may be, he will still have to be adjudicated and do at least some time in Federal Prison.
We shall see if these new attorneys can extract their client from the jaws of the Department of Justice.