Who just tried to get the PAPADOPOULOS indictment dismissed? Judge won’t publish court filing. pic.twitter.com/P8LDEY1PEp
— Mike Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) November 15, 2017
A mystery man filed a motion to dismiss George Papadopolous‘ indictment late last week–that motion was immediately denied and the dismissal was made public just today.
In an extremely brief denial of the dismissal motion, Judge Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote:
LEAVE TO FILE DENIED-Motion to Dismiss Indictment for Insufficient Evidence and Lack of Jurisdiction Fed. R. Crim Proc. 12(b) and Defense Sentencing Memorandum.
That denied motion sent curious shivers down the spines of some Twitter users due to its subject matter and, of course, the apparent mystery involved.
The person who filed the petition was not named because it wasn’t accepted by the court in the first place. And, obviously, any hints of intrigue surrounding George Papadopolous–and the concomitant public interest in such perceived intrigue–more or less speak for themselves.
The truth, however, is far afield from the realm of the exciting.
According to New York Times reporter, the filing party is a man who believes Robert Mueller is intent on killing him.
Apparently, the man is a pro se litigant. That is, he doesn’t have an attorney and filed the motion completely on his own. And, he’s said to have filed a similar motion at least once before–in the government’s case against Paul Manafort.
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