Electric Daisy Carnival Founder Fights for his Freedom
Pioneering US festival promoter Pasquale Rotella returned to court this week to fight fraud and bribery charges relating to events he hosted at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum several years ago and was released on $1.8 million bail, to return to court on July 29.
The hugely successful EDM chief, who faces 13 years in prison if convicted, is being defended by top LA lawyer Gary Jay Kaufman who last year stressed Pasquale had always acted ‘lawfully and appropriately with respect to all of his dealings with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’.
‘Any allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Rotella by the District Attorney’s office are completely baseless and flat-out wrong, both on the law and on the facts,” Mr Kaufman declared.
“All transactions between Insomniac and the Coliseum were transparent and approved by the Coliseum General Manager, his staff, and the attorneys representing the Coliseum. Any charges against Mr. Rotella are clearly politically motivated and publicity driven,” he added.
Pasquale’s brave decision to plead ‘not guilty’ and fight his case in court comes despite America’s notoriously unjust system of plea bargaining negotiations which mean less than 10% of cases are argued in court. In his seminal book, ‘Presumed Guilty: When Innocent People Are Wrongly Convicted’, author Martin Yant outlined how coercion is frequently used to force defendants to take a plea, irrespective of their guilt or innocence.
“Even when the charges are more serious, prosecutors often can still bluff defense attorneys and their clients into pleading guilty to a lesser offense. As a result, people who might have been acquitted because of lack of evidence, but also who are in fact truly innocent, will often plead guilty to the charge,” he wrote.
“Why? In a word, fear. And the more numerous and serious the charges, studies have shown, the greater the fear. That explains why prosecutors sometimes seem to file every charge imaginable against defendants.” (Wiki: http://bit.ly/hqZmUO )
Plea bargain information: http://bit.ly/109CkdW
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