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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kevin Trudeau: Mr. T goes to Washington... and then to jail (maybe)

Early report from the Kevin Trudeau court hearing today (October 16): Chicago's ABC7 reports he will go back to jail, but the judge will allow him to go to Washington DC for his Legal Defense Fund dinner on Monday, October 21, before reporting to his old haunt, Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) on Tuesday the 22nd. More details -- and court docs -- as they appear. [See below. ~CC]

Meanwhile, here are details about the recent court filings, if you need to catch up.

If you're a Katie fan, don't be too concerned. This newest jail thing will give him a chance to still have his "hero's welcome" and last hurrah in DC, and then he'll get to rack up some more martyr/hero points. Or maybe he can use his mighty mind to manipulate events so that he ends up not having to go to jail after all, or maybe some member of the Illuminutty or GIN Council will come up with some moneys to pay his fine, or maybe he will be able to escape to Canada or Zurich or the Ukraine or whichever planet he's from.

It's all good.

 
Update, a little later on...
First of all,
here is a link to Judge Gettleman's October 16 order. It does indeed appear that Trudeau is a "free" man 'til Tuesday October 22, on which date there will be a hearing at 9:30 AM Central.

Secondly,
here's an update by investigative journalist Ryan Kath at KSHB-TV (Kansas City MO NBC). Ryan is one of the few journos outside of Katie's beloved Chicagoland who has kept on this story. And yes, he was alerted in the beginning, last year, by ex-GIN member Abe Husein. I'll give credit where it's due.

Third, the reactions among Trudeau's loudest detractors, including, unfortunately, Abe, are... well, I pretty much as I predicted
on yesterday's blog post when I wrote:
If he doesn't get thrown in jail [immediately], we'll see:
  • Grumbling among the "GIN destroyers" about how the judge is corrupt or cowardly or gay-with-the-hots-for-Katie, accompanied by the reassurance that Judge Guzman, who is presiding over the criminal trial, will for sure have the gonads to throw Katie in the clink once the jury finds him guilty as sin for criminal contempt. And they will add that once he's in prison for criminal contempt there will be more charges from the IRS and FBI and the US Postal Service and on and on, and he will spend the rest of his life in prison, and it will be -- at last! -- a neat and tidy Hollywood ending for the "kid" who singlehandedly set the whole thing in motion (never mind that the kid was still in diapers... or actually not even born yet... when the Feds first turned their Big Eye on Katie).
The GIN destroyers did not disappoint, with ex-Trudeau b.f.f. Mocktor Loony Coldwell leading the charge with all sorts of defamatory allegations about Judge Gettleman. Loony once again shows how obsessed he is with homosexual sex and bisexuality. And the level of anger -- and obsession with prison rape -- on those forums is really quite disturbing. Here's just one shot...


It gets worse...



But that's more than enough space wasted on screen shots of idiotic conversations.

Now, I realize there are many legitimate questions about Judge Gettleman's order and even his reasoning, particularly in light of his stern words to Katie in the court room, time after time, not to mention his own signed orders over the past few months. Well, call me a softy, call me crazy, call me an ignorant slut, but at this point I am still tending to give him the benefit of the doubt because I think he's truly conflicted about the whole jail issue.

There are also many legitimate questions about Trudeau's fund raising event in DC. Is there anyone -- even the most ardent Katie fan -- who is honestly going there to learn seekrit seekrits of success that True-dough has never revealed? I mean... REALLY? On the other hand, there are people who still support him in his alleged fight against government tyranny, and if they want to go to DC to lend him their moral or financial support, it's their right to waste their time, energy, and money.

Anyway, here's a little vid for you to watch,
courtesy of NBC Chicago.


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3 Comments:

Blogger Roger Willco said...

WTF!

What is Judge Gettleman's problem? This crook is more slickerier than nasal exudate; and I can't imagine that if there's a way to flee the court's jurisdiction, he won't take advantage of it now that time in the slammer is guaranteed. Course if he's only destined to be there overnight again, why bother skipping out?

One thing that's puzzled me for weeks is how the good judge can say from the bench that Katie is a puppet master who may not be able to pull the necessary strings to turn his hidden assets over to the receiver while he's incarcerated, yet not have some sense that he can also pull strings to further conceal his financial resources while outside the confines of what should justly become his eventual home.

I suppose it's possible that this 6-day delay is some ill-conceived strategy designed to get our beloved (not) fraudster to show his hand by some foolish misstep--IMO highly unlikely. But, one can hope.

Your mantra, "No neat and tidy endings" seems to be right on so far.

WTF!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:58:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thanks, Rog. I tend to think that Judge Gettleman simply has compassion for Katie, and -- please don't hate me -- I don't think it is entirely misplaced. I know a lot of people disagree with me, but I just don't think that even serial scammers like Kevin necessarily belong in cages. Forced community service for a very long period of time would be better, IMO, with a tight rein to ensure that he couldn't engage in any more scams, and to ensure that he would have to live a (humbling) middle class existence (a fate almost worse than death for an elitist like Katie). If he were violent -- a killer or sex predator -- I would feel differently about the cage thing.

There's been a lot of speculation about what Katie will do with his temporary "freedom." One rather cliched scenario is that he'll fake his death and simply "disappear." Others think he'll just manage to fly the coop and go somewhere that doesn't have an extradition treaty with the US. Others say he will do the Washington DC thing, be treated like a hero by the remaining faithful, and then "heroically" come back to face the music. If that happens, I'm thinking there's a possibility that once again he won't be thrown in jail, or if he is, he'll only be in a night or two.

The criminal trial is due to start in less than three weeks so the jail time for the civil case will be moot before long. Anything could happen, but at this point I'm still thinking he probably won't end up in prison on the criminal contempt charge. I'm thinking jury nullification or mistrial. I could of course be completely full of crap there too.

But my big point about "no neat and tidy endings" is that no matter what happens with Katie (and GIN), GIN has already spawned copycat scams from some of the ex-KT staffers, who learned well from the master.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Roger Willco said...

First of all, I could never hate you on accounta you're one o' the good public-spirited people on this planet who's working effectively to end abuses by fraudsters of all kinds.

My issue with Hizzoner is that,compassionate or not, he's permitted an incorrigibly predatory amoral human being to game the system and in the process, allowed him to continue to defraud thousands more through his still active GIN enterprise.

As I understand it, the reasons for incarceration is any combination of deterrence-clearly useless in the lovely Mr. Trudeau's case, punishment (retribution) which IMO only appeals to our least civilized instincts, rehab which I think is impossible in this case, or prevention of further criminal activity during his term of imprisonment. This last one appears to be the only thing that can put a stop to Kevin's persistent predation.

If Hizzoner is failing to act out of compassion for Kevin, it's sadly misplaced. By his failure to intervene, he's also failing to have appropriate (IMO) compassion for the growing number of victims Kevin continues to accrue by the day.

From where I sit, it looks like if Kevin is ever allowed to go free again, he won't be consigned to the "privations" of middle class life for long. I'm not a lawyer; but my understanding is that once the statute of limitations (7 years?) has expired, he'd have unfettered access to whatever ill-gotten gains he'd succeeded in concealing until then.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM  

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