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Reese Trial Underway (NM ATF)
lunatpp.org ^ | 24 July, 20112 | Luna Tea Party Patriots

Posted on 07/31/2012 8:06:22 AM PDT by marktwain

Monday, cross-examination of the government’s star witness, Mexican cartel Jose Roman, who functioned in an organizational capacity. Roman started his career in crime at the age of 17 running illegal aliens from the border up towards Deming. He moved up to drug smuggling and later moved further up into gun & ammo running. Although he is now 31 years old, he claims he wasn’t paid any money for his years of criminal activity. Roman testified on the contrary, the cartel stole his money — money he was paid by the government to take care of his father in Deming (some $800-$1000 per month).

Under direct examination, Jose Roman did not use an interpreter most of the time. Under cross-examination he has resorted to using an interpreter. So far the defense has exposed inconsistency after inconsistency in his testimony. He was shown testimony from prior dates and asked to read his prior testimony and statements out loud, followed by the defense attorneys asking him if he lied before or if he was lying on Monday. Roman claims that his testimony on Monday was the truth.

In one example of many, Roman testified he would smuggle the guns the same day and then return to the US 2 or 3 days later thru the Columbus station. However, the Customs & Immigration records failed to reveal dates that would substantiate his testmony on all but one occassion. In another example, Roman testified he didn’t move up the ladder to gun smuggling until after the 3rd load of drugs being smuggled into the US was intercepted by law enforcement in August 2010. However, it should be noted that Penny Torres claims she started straw purchasing guns for Roman in April of 2010 and ended the straw purchasing in August 2010 when Terri Reese called the local Sheriff’s office to report her suspicions.

Roman has a plea agreement with the government to provide complete and truthful information against the Mexican Cartel in exchange for what defense attorney described as setting up the Reeses. In exchange for his cooperation against the Reese’s, Roman pled guilty to a much smaller drug conspiracy charge than the amount of drug smuggling he admitted to on the witness stand yesterday and to providing false statements to New Deal employees. The government did not charge him with posession of a machine gun, or gun smuggling, or with the total amount of drugs he smuggled, or alien smuggling, or any of the other crimes he admitted to on the stand. Information also came out about hand grenades. It is unknown if the government will charge him with perjury for any of the statements he made yesterday. Roman admitted numerous times he is hoping for a reduced sentence for his participation in the New Deal case. The current charges against him have a sentence ranging from 5 to 8 years approximately. If the government had charged him with the rest of the crimes, the sentence for this Mexican Cartel member/organizer would be substantially higher. Instead, he has been able to pawn off his potential years in jail onto the Reese family if they are convicted.

Roman has been stopped by law enforcement a number of times over his years of criminal activity, but admitted that he was able to lie his way out of being charged with any crimes.

During cross-examination, Roman admitted he has only provided nick-names of cartel members claiming he doesn’t know the real names. He also hasn’t provided addresses of stash houses and other information about the cartel activities. The defense has painted a picture so far of Roman doing more to protect the cartel than provide truthful and complete information.

Cross-examination of Roman continues today.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; nm; reese
We are fortunate to have citizen reporting of the Reese family trial in New Mexico.

The Reese family was held without bail for six months. All of their assets were seized and they were not allowed to coordinate their defense until publicity about the case in the new media got them new lawyers and some public scrutiny.

1 posted on 07/31/2012 8:06:29 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

OK, let’s knock it off with the minute-by-minute blogs.
We’re not interested.


2 posted on 07/31/2012 8:08:48 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: marktwain; Admin Moderator; Sidebar Moderator

You’ve started 14 threads (or more - I may have missed one) on this topic in the past couple of hours???

Give us a break!


4 posted on 07/31/2012 8:10:49 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Uncle Ike

I just found this source. I think many people on the banglist are interested in this trial. They are now up to date.


5 posted on 07/31/2012 8:13:19 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
So, Mark ... how long are you planning on using Freerepublic as an online backup of the Luna County Tea Party website.

Give us a break.

6 posted on 07/31/2012 8:13:24 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: marktwain

Put all the info in one thread, please. Easier to keep up that way....


7 posted on 07/31/2012 8:13:45 AM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: tx_eggman; All

Many people complain if you excerpt sources when you do not have to. This post has now brought the trial reporting up to date. There will likely be only one or two posts per day on the subject in the future.


8 posted on 07/31/2012 8:15:37 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: oldbill

Who’s “we”, jackwagon? I’m interested.


9 posted on 07/31/2012 8:15:54 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: marktwain
I've read them all. I for one appreciate them. Even if it means I've missed most of my morning chores. ;)

/johnny

10 posted on 07/31/2012 8:16:09 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marktwain

Seventeen (17) posts from 9:35 to 11:06.

Why can’t we get the main stream media that interested about the “history” of Obama.


11 posted on 07/31/2012 8:17:58 AM PDT by conservativesister
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To: Lurker
Funny how all the whiners joined up after 2000.

/johnny

12 posted on 07/31/2012 8:18:41 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Friggin’ nooobs....


13 posted on 07/31/2012 8:22:01 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

” Funny how all the whiners joined up after 2000. “

Really?? Do you really want to play the “old-timers” card???

Anybody who’s been around FR for more than a month knows about “Live Threads” with updates...

I expected better from you, JRandom... ;)


14 posted on 07/31/2012 8:24:07 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Funny how all the whiners joined up after 2000

....says a guy who joined 12/30/1999.

15 posted on 07/31/2012 8:24:31 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: MestaMachine

I just posted a whole series of reports from the Reese family trial (alleged straw sales to Mexican Drug cartels). Use your judgement if you think the Gunwalker / Murdergate ping list would be interested.


16 posted on 07/31/2012 8:24:58 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Marktwain, keep up the good work. I for one appreciate your updates. This case is an absolute tragedy that otherwise gets little coverage.


17 posted on 07/31/2012 8:27:24 AM PDT by Tomhorn (Wake up and smell the coffee)
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To: Jrabbit
I have doubts about combining all the reports in one thread. They all have different titles, many on different dates. I do not think putting them all on one thread would meet Free Republic posting policy.
18 posted on 07/31/2012 8:30:46 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: US Navy Vet

I agree. No one forces you to click on a link. If there is no interest the topic will quickly die.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 8:32:33 AM PDT by Tomhorn (Wake up and smell the coffee)
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To: Tomhorn; All

I was having a hard time finding coverage until I found these citizen reports. They seem much better than the little MSM coverage the case was getting.


20 posted on 07/31/2012 8:33:28 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: Uncle Ike
Anybody who’s been around FR for more than a month knows about “Live Threads” with updates...

I for one would have preffered the approach of a live thread.

The OP could then at message one familiarized the masses with a first post and those interested would monitor.

This would keep the clutter down.

21 posted on 07/31/2012 8:41:04 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: conservativesister
Why can’t we get the main stream media that interested about the “history” of Obama.

Is this a trick question? A: It does not fit their agenda.

22 posted on 07/31/2012 8:44:18 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain; All

Posting all updates on one thread would be better than posting 17 threads on the same subject within a few hours of each other.

You can excerpt news stories with a link in reply posts.

If any of your screeds at the website links are quotes from various news sources they must be acknowledged and hot linked if posted at FR.

If they are all your own words you may take credit.

Thanks.


23 posted on 07/31/2012 8:47:23 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: US Navy Vet

Watch your mouth.


24 posted on 07/31/2012 9:00:53 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: oldbill

“We’re not interested.”

“we” as in the government lackeys and boot lickers?


25 posted on 07/31/2012 9:01:26 AM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: oldbill

I am a gunsmith and own a gunshop. I am very interested. You presume much when you speak for others.


26 posted on 07/31/2012 9:59:05 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: conservativesister

I like the blogs on this trial, because the Reeses could be anyone of us.

The Reese’s are ordinary people, who notified the sheriff about a suspect buyer, who turned out to be a drugdealer, illegal arms buyer, and snitch for DEA.


27 posted on 07/31/2012 11:47:19 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: jayrunner

I totally agree with you it could be any of us!


28 posted on 07/31/2012 6:38:52 PM PDT by conservativesister
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