If lying to the FBI is a crime, is it allowed to reply to every question they ask you over the phone with non sequiturs instead?
Did he 'swear to tell the truth, so help him god' over the phone? Was he being deposed at that time? Was he Mirandized? If not, then as far as I can ascertain, the FBI and prosecutor should go fuck themselves.
This is so bizarre. If someone called me in the middle of dinner one night alleging to be from the FBI and started asking me random questions about some dude I knew 5 years earlier I would assume it was someone fucking with me and I would answer accordingly.
I'm like, ya know... not to shit on anything (what with me being a Communist and all), but I imagine that the funding for Die Hard took a lot of money that was secured and paid by a bank at some point. I mean, I could be wrong. So, in a way, they have.
You can still lie to normal cops though, right?
It's not a lie if you believe it.*
*it's still a lie
Who was the victim in this case? The FBI? Their feelings were so hurt that they and the prosecutors had to ruin a guys life?
I feel bad for McTiernan, but it's mostly out of sympathy for his work product. It looks like the conviction was the best charge the DOJ could wring out of hearsay evidence that he was the client for an illegal wiretapping, something for which he could have gotten five years.
As such I don't buy the "spoke to the FBI, figured somebody was messing with me" interpretation, alas.
There is zero evidence to support that claim.
he had hired Pellicano in or around August 2000 and paid him at least $50,000 to conduct an illegal wire-tap of two individuals, one of whom was Charles Roven, the producer of a movie that McTiernan was then directing. Pellicano installed the wiretaps, listened to the subjects’ business and personal telephone calls, and reported their contents to McTiernan.
during McTiernan’s guilty-plea hearing, he told the district court that his attorney had not advised him what to say at the hearing, but he later signed a declaration in connection with his plea withdrawal stating that his attorney had coached him and gave him specific wording to use to avoid admitting certain facts.
Says the guy who was booted for Harrison Ford. Nice that you stick up for him, Baldwin, but he shoulda held out for you.
posted by tilde at 8:16 PM on May 28 [+] [!]
Ivan Fyodorovich: So, yet again, we're supposed to be outraged and sympathetic when a privileged white person suffers from prosecutorial abuses when we haven't been paying attention to the fact that this has been happening every single day for many decades to mostly poor and/or minority defendants?
when we haven't been paying attention to the fact that this has been happening every single day for many decades to mostly poor and/or minority defendants?
Ivan Fyodorovich: Or, alternatively, you could have read "we" as meaning "Americans" and my criticism as applying to "American media culture".
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