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Post #5041  Postby scott c » July 3rd 2013, 7:57am

Hmm...so now the government is not going to depose AdV, Roumier and Ponsot?

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Post #5042  Postby D.Callahan » July 3rd 2013, 9:19am

The reason for not following through with the approved depositions could very well be due to budgetary restraints.
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Post #5043  Postby gene keenan » July 3rd 2013, 11:19am

D.Callahan wrote:The reason for not following through with the approved depositions could very well be due to budgetary restraints.


There are recent events in the press that could answer why.
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Post #5044  Postby Art K u o » July 3rd 2013, 1:31pm

gene keenan wrote:
D.Callahan wrote:The reason for not following through with the approved depositions could very well be due to budgetary restraints.


There are recent events in the press that could answer why.


and you are referring to?
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Post #5045  Postby gene keenan » July 3rd 2013, 1:38pm

Art K u o wrote:
gene keenan wrote:
D.Callahan wrote:The reason for not following through with the approved depositions could very well be due to budgetary restraints.


There are recent events in the press that could answer why.


and you are referring to?


It could be construed as a political post so I am not stating.

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Post #5046  Postby Don Cornwell » July 3rd 2013, 7:00pm

scott c l a f f e e wrote:Hmm...so now the government is not going to depose AdV, Roumier and Ponsot?

http://sfwine.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/ ... r-roumier/

Scott:

I'm told the government's explanation was that the burgundy harvest is expected to be late this year and thus all three winemakers are expected to testify live at trial.
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Post #5047  Postby John Morris » July 4th 2013, 7:36am

I may want to be a spectator!
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Post #5048  Postby Don Cornwell » July 11th 2013, 4:21pm

Some very interesting developments at the latest Status Confernce in the Kurniawan trial. Take a look at Peter Hellman's update in the Unfiltered section on Wine Spectator: http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/48675#.Ud8am9A6OPI.email

So it seems Rudy isn't paying his legal bills either. Mr. Kurniawan's counsel, Michael Proctor, of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, P.C. is now seeking to withdraw -- it would appear because of non-payment of fees. Mr. Proctor's firm previously substituted into the criminal case and the Koch v. Kurniawan civil case to replace Henry Weissmann of Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP. It was widely believed at that time that Mr. Kurniawan eitther could not or would not pay the billing rates charged by Mr. Weissman's firm for representation in the criminal case.

Prior to Mr. Weissman's representation of Rudy Kurniawan (from October 2009 until Marchl 2012), he had been represented by Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, LLP. That firm represented Mr. Kurniawan in connection with the purchase of Wine Hotel, the formation of his various businesses, including the Terroir partnership with Paul Wasserman, the purchase of the mansion in Bel-Air which Rudy never moved into, and a series of construction defect and lien claim lawsuits relating to the construction on that house. It's my understanding that the Jeffer Mangels firm elected not to further represent Rudy when he was sued by Bill Koch in 2009. At that point, Mr. Weissman and Munger Tolles began representing Rudy.

Based on Peter's article about what transpired at the hearing, it doesn't sound like Mr. Kurniawan will be able to obtain appointed counsel. The question now is, will anyone else be willing to step in before trial and represent him?
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Post #5049  Postby Paul Jaouen » July 11th 2013, 5:46pm

What happened to his rich family?
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Post #5050  Postby Don Cornwell » July 11th 2013, 6:02pm

Paul Jaouen wrote:What happened to his rich family?

I think that's one of the key questions Paul. I know that the criminal asset forfeiture issues here are one of the complications.

My understanding is that most criminal defense lawyers insist on getting huge retainers up front that will cover the anticipated cost of the defense through trial. It does sort of make you wonder what happened here.

And it makes me wonder whether Mr. Proctor and his firm will be able to get out of the case or not.
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Post #5051  Postby RichardFlack » July 11th 2013, 6:25pm

What was behind Proctors comment when asked by the Judge if the issues were financial or strategic (that to reply would get hi disbarred, iirc). That suggests strategic more than financial, doesn't it?
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Post #5052  Postby Bruce Leiser_owitz » July 11th 2013, 7:58pm

RichardFlack wrote:What was behind Proctors comment when asked by the Judge if the issues were financial or strategic (that to reply would get hi disbarred, iirc). That suggests strategic more than financial, doesn't it?


Not necessarily. An attorney is bound to maintain the confidential information provided by a client, and not to act in a fashion to prejudice the client's interests. In this case, the information the attorney does not wish to disclose might be financial, or it might involve things his client has told him about the case, or factual positions the client might want him to assert but which the attorney doesn't feel he can ethically assert. Or some combination of the above. In the vast majority of situations where an attorney feels the need to withdraw as counsel, the attorney won't want to say anything publicly for fear of being sued by the client for improper disclosure. If you would like some examples of mandatory vs. permissive withdrawal, look at ABA Code DR 2-110.

I have no personal knowledge that would give me insight into what is going awry in this professional relationship. It might be financial, but that might not be 100% of the explanation.

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Post #5053  Postby Don Cornwell » July 11th 2013, 8:25pm

RichardFlack wrote:What was behind Proctors comment when asked by the Judge if the issues were financial or strategic (that to reply would get hi disbarred, iirc). That suggests strategic more than financial, doesn't it?

My guess is that it was finanical -- and here's why.

Unless you assume deliberate hyperbole by Mr. Proctor, if the differences between he and Rudy concerned strategy, he could have honestly and simply answered the question "strategic" without having created any problems for himself or his client.

On the other hand, if he answered the problem "financial," some lawyers might consider that as an admission of a client confidence that his client has financial problems, which could be viewed as revealing a client confidence and subject him to potential discipline with the State Bar. On the other hand, you could argue that the simple answer "financial" in response to the Judge's question doesn't reveal any client confidences at all -- it may simply indicate unwillingness to pay, concerns about hourly fees or any number of other things. Neverthelss, I think Bruce is probably right that most criminal lawyers in that context don't want to say anything.
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Post #5054  Postby Bruce Leiser_owitz » July 12th 2013, 6:48am

Don Cornwell wrote:
RichardFlack wrote:What was behind Proctors comment when asked by the Judge if the issues were financial or strategic (that to reply would get hi disbarred, iirc). That suggests strategic more than financial, doesn't it?

My guess is that it was finanical -- and here's why.

Unless you assume deliberate hyperbole by Mr. Proctor, if the differences between he and Rudy concerned strategy, he could have honestly and simply answered the question "strategic" without having created any problems for himself or his client.

On the other hand, if he answered the problem "financial," some lawyers might consider that as an admission of a client confidence that his client has financial problems, which could be viewed as revealing a client confidence and subject him to potential discipline with the State Bar. On the other hand, you could argue that the simple answer "financial" in response to the Judge's question doesn't reveal any client confidences at all -- it may simply indicate unwillingness to pay, concerns about hourly fees or any number of other things. Neverthelss, I think Bruce is probably right that most criminal lawyers in that context don't want to say anything.


Anything the departing attorney might say publicly about the reason for the withdrawal--whether it's strategic or financial or some combination--has the potential to make it more difficult for the client to obtain new representation. Assuming both the attorney and client have agreed to part ways, then it's in both their interests for new counsel to come on board ASAP. Thus, public statements about the withdrawal have the risk of being counterproductive (as well as potentially an ethical problem). It's another reason why I would be hesitant to read much into a counsel's reluctance to make any public comments about the withdrawal.

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Post #5055  Postby Barry P » July 12th 2013, 7:23am

RichardFlack wrote:What was behind Proctors comment when asked by the Judge if the issues were financial or strategic (that to reply would get hi disbarred, iirc). That suggests strategic more than financial, doesn't it?


Proctor wasn't asked that by the Judge, he was asked that by Unfiltered (i.e., the Wine Spectator columnist). I'm sure the Judge knows the reasons from the closed door session. According to the column, Proctor only said in open court that the circumstances hadn't changed. Leaving the inference that the Judge knew what those circumstances were (whether they be strategic or financial). Only point is, the attorney is simply not telling the columnist.
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Post #5056  Postby RichardFlack » July 12th 2013, 9:24am

My bad, I read it too quickly.
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Post #5057  Postby andy velebil » July 12th 2013, 10:38am

I'm no attorney but doesn't this statement in the article point to the fact Rudy is having some sort of financial issues with his current counsel?

Looking sternly at Kurniawan, the judge said, "One has to swear under penalty of perjury that one doesn't have the resources to maintain one's own counsel [to obtain representation by a CJ attorney]. That's a serious commitment to make." Kurniawan apparently took that warning to heart, as the CJ lawyer designated by the judge, Dawn Cardi, will not be representing him at next week's conference.


I'm not saying Rudy's broke, as he didn't retain the "CJ lawyer", but obviously there is some friction about money between him and his current counsel.
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Post #5058  Postby SteveC » July 12th 2013, 11:38am

Maybe Rudy's funding sources have disappeared. Maybe they were "family" members not family members. I don't know, just a hypothetical ....
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Post #5059  Postby RichardFlack » July 15th 2013, 10:32am

Maybe Rudy wanted to pay with a couple of cases of "DRC"? [rofl.gif]
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Post #5060  Postby Nick Ryan » July 15th 2013, 7:02pm

RichardFlack wrote:Maybe Rudy wanted to pay with a couple of cases of "DRC"? [rofl.gif]


Reminds me of the guy arrested for robbing parking meters who pled guilty to a lesser charge and tried to pay his fine in quarters... well, that story is probably apocryphal, but I still get a kick out of it.
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Post #5061  Postby Dan Collins » July 16th 2013, 7:11am

andy velebil wrote:I'm no attorney but doesn't this statement in the article point to the fact Rudy is having some sort of financial issues with his current counsel?

Looking sternly at Kurniawan, the judge said, "One has to swear under penalty of perjury that one doesn't have the resources to maintain one's own counsel [to obtain representation by a CJ attorney]. That's a serious commitment to make." Kurniawan apparently took that warning to heart, as the CJ lawyer designated by the judge, Dawn Cardi, will not be representing him at next week's conference.


I'm not saying Rudy's broke, as he didn't retain the "CJ lawyer", but obviously there is some friction about money between him and his current counsel.


Rudy's family is thought to have money, and they may be pressing their wayward son to resolve the case by threatening to cut off the money he's been (presumably) getting. Since Kurniawan has been in the slammer for more than 16 months now, a deal that involves a guilty plea and time served isn't entirely out of the question. Rudy would then face deportation. An intolerable outcome -- no doubt -- for the smartest guy in the room.
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Post #5062  Postby RichardFlack » July 16th 2013, 7:24am

Wow, it's really 16 months? How time flies.....
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Post #5063  Postby Peter Kleban » July 16th 2013, 7:27am

RichardFlack wrote:Maybe Rudy wanted to pay with a couple of cases of "DRC"? [rofl.gif]


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Post #5064  Postby Todd F r e n c h » July 16th 2013, 10:30am

Dan Collins wrote:
Rudy's family is thought to have money, and they may be pressing their wayward son to resolve the case by threatening to cut off the money he's been (presumably) getting. Since Kurniawan has been in the slammer for more than 16 months now, a deal that involves a guilty plea and time served isn't entirely out of the question. Rudy would then face deportation. An intolerable outcome -- no doubt -- for the smartest guy in the room.

Meaning this might be an intentional strategy of some sort? To not pay the attorneys means he couldn't stand trial, which means he is deported, and therefore 'free'?
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Post #5065  Postby Dan Collins » July 16th 2013, 11:08am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Dan Collins wrote:
Rudy's family is thought to have money, and they may be pressing their wayward son to resolve the case by threatening to cut off the money he's been (presumably) getting. Since Kurniawan has been in the slammer for more than 16 months now, a deal that involves a guilty plea and time served isn't entirely out of the question. Rudy would then face deportation. An intolerable outcome -- no doubt -- for the smartest guy in the room.

Meaning this might be an intentional strategy of some sort? To not pay the attorneys means he couldn't stand trial, which means he is deported, and therefore 'free'?


Hi Todd,
It's all speculation on my part. My guess is that Rudy's family has become fed up with hopelessness of the entire situation, and wants to force him to get this over with now. After 16 months of prison, and presumably steep legal expenses, he's still at more or less at square one. If I'm right, the family believes -- correctly -- that ending this is in Rudy's best interest whether he knows it or not. That means he'd have to take a guilty plea. But I don't know whether the government -- or the judge in the case for that matter -- would be satisfied with time served as a penalty. I just don't see a trial in Rudy's future without strong financial support from his family. And when all is said and done he'll be deported -- assuming Indonesia will take him back.
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Post #5066  Postby Dan Collins » July 17th 2013, 5:34am

Afterthought: The government has a mountain of evidence. Rudy's effort to exclude much of this evidence has already failed. Delay is of absolutely no use to Kurniawan since each day of delay is another day in prison.
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Post #5067  Postby k s h i n » July 17th 2013, 5:47am

Dan Collins wrote:Hi Todd,
It's all speculation on my part. My guess is that Rudy's family has become fed up with hopelessness of the entire situation, and wants to force him to get this over with now. After 16 months of prison, and presumably steep legal expenses, he's still at more or less at square one. If I'm right, the family believes -- correctly -- that ending this is in Rudy's best interest whether he knows it or not. That means he'd have to take a guilty plea. But I don't know whether the government -- or the judge in the case for that matter -- would be satisfied with time served as a penalty. I just don't see a trial in Rudy's future without strong financial support from his family. And when all is said and done he'll be deported -- assuming Indonesia will take him back.


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I think it has been stated a number of times that Rudy’s background is more than likely fabricated.
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Post #5068  Postby Dan Collins » July 17th 2013, 6:11am

Kevin Shin wrote:
Dan Collins wrote:Hi Todd,
It's all speculation on my part. My guess is that Rudy's family has become fed up with hopelessness of the entire situation, and wants to force him to get this over with now. After 16 months of prison, and presumably steep legal expenses, he's still at more or less at square one. If I'm right, the family believes -- correctly -- that ending this is in Rudy's best interest whether he knows it or not. That means he'd have to take a guilty plea. But I don't know whether the government -- or the judge in the case for that matter -- would be satisfied with time served as a penalty. I just don't see a trial in Rudy's future without strong financial support from his family. And when all is said and done he'll be deported -- assuming Indonesia will take him back.


Dan,
I think it has been stated a number of times that Rudy’s background is more than likely fabricated.


Dan,
I think it has been stated a number of times that Rudy’s background is more than likely fabricated.[/quote]

Hi Kevin,
I have relied on government documents that indicate his family has money. One reason the government opposed bail for Rudy was that his family had the means to hustle him out of the country. The government also says a brother of Rudy's gave him $1.5 million over an 18-month period in 2010-11. That's not chump change.
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Post #5069  Postby Dan Collins » July 17th 2013, 8:52am

Afterthought: I don't believe Rudy any more than you do.
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Post #5070  Postby k s h i n » July 17th 2013, 9:14am

While back, I heard it through the grapevines that Rudy’s father was a very rich famous race car driver. Apparently Kurniawan is a relatively common name in Indonesia.
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Post #5071  Postby Robert Pollard-Smith » July 17th 2013, 2:06pm

Are we forgetting that his real name is Zhen Wang Huang, and has any of the whole Indonesia thing been corroborated?

From Mike Steinberger's column linked earlier..

He claimed to be the son of a rich ethnic Chinese businessman in Indonesia and said that “Kurniawan” was an assumed name. Investigators for Bill Koch, who is now suing Kurniawan over the sale of allegedly fake wines, have determined that Kurniawan’s real name is Zhen Wang Huang and that he’s actually from China, not Indonesia (the embroidered biography obviously calls to mind Hardy Rodenstock).
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Post #5072  Postby Peter Chiu » July 17th 2013, 2:15pm

Rudy is a Chinese and he has a Chinese name. Many Chinese in Indonesia need to adopt an Indonesian name for many reasons including commercial.

I know from reading TNs that Rudy has a brother living in Shanghai city, nick-named Mr. Chateau Margaux. His brother took care Rudy's American friend during his visit there. I doubt that story ( or the TNS ) was fabricated.
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Post #5073  Postby WvanGorp » July 18th 2013, 8:08pm

I love it: Dr. Conti and Mr. Margaux. You can't make this stuff up.
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Post #5074  Postby RichardFlack » July 19th 2013, 2:27am

WvanGorp wrote:I love it: Dr. Conti and Mr. Margaux. You can't make this stuff up.

... Dr Conti in the library with the empty bottle... [rofl.gif]
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Post #5075  Postby Scott Ercit » July 19th 2013, 4:53am

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Post #5076  Postby Don Cornwell » July 19th 2013, 11:30am

A further status conference was held yesterday in the criminal case. I'm told that essentially nothing happened. Mr. Kurniawan is still represented by Mr. Proctor at the moment.
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Post #5077  Postby JTrinidad » July 30th 2013, 11:43pm

Rudy apparently has a new lawyer.

http://sfwine.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/rudy-kurniawan-has-a-new-attorney/

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Post #5078  Postby Anthony Hall » July 31st 2013, 1:40am

Interesting that his new lawyers have "received important affirmations of support from Mr. Kurniawan's family".
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Post #5079  Postby Don Cornwell » July 31st 2013, 2:40am

Anthony Hall wrote:Interesting that his new lawyers have "received important affirmations of support from Mr. Kurniawan's family".

Anthony:

I read that language a little differently. The statement from Mr. Mooney, the desired new attorney, says in pertinent part:

    There is a hearing scheduled for Wednesday the 31st day of July, 2013, to inquire into the representation of Mr. Kurniawan. That hearing was to be stricken from the calendar if prior to the hearing we entered our appearance on behalf of Mr. Kurniawan.

    While we have now reached agreement with Mr. Kurniawan on all terms of representation and received important affirmations of support from Mr. Kurniawan's family, there still remains one final important event that has not been able to be accomplished in the time allotted. We are comfortable that all arrangements will be completed by August 9th.
Mr. Mooney is telling the Judge that he's gotten promises of support from Rudy's family, but he doesn't have any money -- and that he's not willing to appear in the case as Rudy's counsel until he gets the money. He's also telling the Judge that he's going to want a continuance of the trial assuming he appears as Rudy's new counsel.

As the letter from the Assistant US Attorney Jason Hernandez makes clear, Rudy has been talking about bringing Mooney into the case since June, but nothing has happened despite multiple hearings. The Judge is very frustrated, as his comment denying Mr. Mooney the right to appear by telephone and his statement that "Enough is enough" reveals.

The hearing later today should be quite interesting. I read the governments letter as asking the Judge to tell Mr. Mooney that if he does become Rudy's lawyer, the trial will start as scheduled on September 9. I'm sure Peter Hellman from the Wine Spectator will be in attendance. I'll be very interested to read his report.
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Post #5080  Postby scott c » July 31st 2013, 11:27am

JTrinidad wrote:Rudy apparently has a new lawyer.

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Post #5081  Postby Bruce Leiser_owitz » July 31st 2013, 1:59pm

So as I read through the links, Rudy does not YET have a new attorney. Rather, he has discussed with potential new counsel their becoming attorney(s) of record, and that everyone is agreed assuming that potential new counsel get some sort of upfront payment. Since it appears that payment has not yet been made, no new counsel have substituted into the criminal case.

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Post #5082  Postby Glenn Gallup » August 1st 2013, 7:17pm

I'd get the money up front too.
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Post #5083  Postby Don Cornwell » August 1st 2013, 9:09pm

Here is the updated status on US v. Kurniawan (with my sincere thanks to Peter Hellman of the Wine Spectator who attended the hearing yesterday):

Mr. Kurniawan still does not have a new attorney. Jerome Mooney (Los Angeles) and Vincent Verdiramo (New York) appeared at the hearing and told Judge Berman that while they have received "assurances" from the Kurniawan family about the funding of Mr. Kunriawan's defense, they had still not recieved everything they need in order to subsitute into the case. (Suffice it to say that they have not received the money.)

Judge Berman is quite frustrated, and made that apparent both before and during the hearing. As Judge Berman stated yesterday, unspecified differences arose between Rudy Kurniawan and Michael Proctor in June of 2013, or perhaps earlier. Mr. Mooney has been talking about substituting into the case since that point. Mr. Mooney requested that the Judge give him until August 9 to effect the substitution, but the court declined to do that. Mr. Mooney has until Monday, August 5 to substitute into the case. If Mr. Mooney and Mr. Verdiramo have not substituted into the case by that point, then Dawn Cardi will be appointed by the court to represent Mr. Kurniawan as appointed criminal counsel. So, one way or the other, Michael Proctor and his firm will be out of the case as of Monday.

The Court also delayed the trial by three months -- from September 9, 2013 to December 9, 2013 -- in order to allow new counsel to prepare the case for trial.

The next scheduled hearing is the pretrial conference set for November 19.
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Post #5084  Postby Art K u o » August 2nd 2013, 10:59am

rudy should try to hire franklin and bash and pay them in fake wine....
only because harvey specter would want the cash up front....
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Post #5085  Postby Dan Collins » August 2nd 2013, 1:00pm

Don Cornwell wrote:Here is the updated status on US v. Kurniawan (with my sincere thanks to Peter Hellman of the Wine Spectator who attended the hearing yesterday):

Mr. Kurniawan still does not have a new attorney. Jerome Mooney (Los Angeles) and Vincent Verdiramo (New York) appeared at the hearing and told Judge Berman that while they have received "assurances" from the Kurniawan family about the funding of Mr. Kunriawan's defense, they had still not recieved everything they need in order to subsitute into the case. (Suffice it to say that they have not received the money.)

Judge Berman is quite frustrated, and made that apparent both before and during the hearing. As Judge Berman stated yesterday, unspecified differences arose between Rudy Kurniawan and Michael Proctor in June of 2013, or perhaps earlier. Mr. Mooney has been talking about substituting into the case since that point. Mr. Mooney requested that the Judge give him until August 9 to effect the substitution, but the court declined to do that. Mr. Mooney has until Monday, August 5 to substitute into the case. If Mr. Mooney and Mr. Verdiramo have not substituted into the case by that point, then Dawn Cardi will be appointed by the court to represent Mr. Kurniawan as appointed criminal counsel. So, one way or the other, Michael Proctor and his firm will be out of the case as of Monday.

The Court also delayed the trial by three months -- from September 9, 2013 to December 9, 2013 -- in order to allow new counsel to prepare the case for trial.

The next scheduled hearing is the pretrial conference set for November 19.


Thanks, Don. This means Rudy will spend another four months in the slammer before his case goes to trial, assuming that it does go to trial. I continue to doubt Kurniawan's family will finance another defense team for Rudy. If that prove to be the case, it's irritating to think that we, the taxpayers, will end up paying for Rudy's defense! (Dawn Cardi, by the way, is a veteran attorney, not some kid fresh out of law school.)
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Post #5086  Postby Philip Ente » August 4th 2013, 10:04am

Did Rudy counterfeit only Burgs? If so why?

It would seem the larger quantity Bordeaux would be harder to validate.
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Post #5087  Postby RichardFlack » August 4th 2013, 10:24am

Were there not Bdx labels in his house when the Feds dropped by?

Aside from Rudy specifically, It has always seemed to me there would be more money in the aggregate from faking Bordeaux due to scaling up especially by going beyond the ultra-rare bottles to the next tier or two.
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Post #5088  Postby David Glasser » August 4th 2013, 12:11pm

Rudy faked Bordeaux and Calis as well as Burgs. Maybe others. Most of the focus on specific bottles in this thread has been on Burgundy. Primarily because Don C is a Burgundy collector with the experience to spot irregular packaging and the tenacity to keep turning up the heat every time he sees one of these suspicious bottles turn up.
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Post #5089  Postby Don Cornwell » August 4th 2013, 2:55pm

Philip Ente wrote:Did Rudy counterfeit only Burgs? If so why?

It would seem the larger quantity Bordeaux would be harder to validate.

Phil:

Rudy counterfeited anything he could make money on. That includes Bordeaux, Burgundy, Northern and Southern rhones, some Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunellos and some Super Tuscans, and some high end California cabs as well. It is also believed that Rudy counterfeited some champagne.
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Post #5090  Postby Don Cornwell » August 4th 2013, 3:06pm

In another bit of news, I'm also informed that Mr. Mooney received his funding from Rudy's family and will be substituting into the case as Rudy's counsel on Monday.

The following dates are set per the court's scheduling order of July 31:

November 6 -- all motions in limine (pretrial motions to exclude certain evidence) due

November 13 -- all responses to motions in limine due

November 19 -- pre-trial conference

December 9 -- trial
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