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Double Trouble

I can’t speak from experience, but I strongly suspect stress levels are high while enduring a criminal trial as a defendant. I can’t begin to imagine what those feelings become when new criminal charges are brought while the trial for the original charges is still ongoing.

Former New York State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. has been accused of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars from a nonprofit health care network on his private expenses. The trial for the charges brought against Espada and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, is currently taking place in federal court in Brooklyn.

U.S. prosecutors in Manhattan have decided to pile on more charges, filing an indictment this past Friday against Espada and his son and accusing them of tax fraud and making false statements to the government.

Espada’s lawyer said he was “disappointed” the new charges were brought to light during the current trial. If Espana and his son are acquitted of the original charges, I don’t think they will feel much relief, if any.

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