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Yasiel Puig’s attorneys discover protection, delay responsible plea

Attorneys for former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who was anticipated to plead responsible Wednesday to mendacity to federal authorities investigating an unlawful sports-gambling ring, now say they’re exploring a potential protection.

Puig was joined by his attorneys, Keri Axel and Jose Nuno, and his agent, Lisette Carnet, Wednesday on the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. A decide agreed to proceed the listening to till Tuesday.

“We need more time to assess a possible innocence defense,” Axel informed The Times after the listening to.

Puig, 31, had beforehand signed an settlement to plead responsible to 1 rely of constructing false statements, which carries a most sentence of 5 years in federal jail, the U.S. legal professional’s workplace for the Central District of California stated. He additionally agreed to pay a wonderful of not less than $55,000.

Prosecutors alleged that Puig “made several false statements to the agents that were material to the investigation” when federal authorities interviewed him Jan. 27 concerning the playing ring, in keeping with the plea settlement.

After the settlement was unsealed Nov. 14, Axel informed The Times that Puig can be eligible for probation and appeared ahead to placing the episode behind him, however within the days since, she stated, proof has come to mild that’s modified her outlook on the case.

Puig had positioned bets with an unlawful sports-gambling operation run by Wayne Nix, a former minor-league baseball participant who lives in Newport Beach, however he was not charged in reference to collaborating within the ring’s operations. Those bets went by means of a 3rd occasion, a former collegiate baseball participant and personal coach referred to within the plea settlement as “Agent 1,” who positioned and accepted wagers for Nix’s enterprise.

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Axel stated she has found a number of messages that Agent 1 and an affiliate of Agent 1 despatched to her consumer.

Agent 1 and the affiliate requested Puig a number of occasions to talk about the federal investigation, however he declined, she stated.

Until Axel noticed the messages, she stated in courtroom, she didn’t notice the variety of occasions Agent 1 and the affiliate contacted Puig for info on the investigation, the variety of occasions Puig refused to inform them concerning the investigation, and the potential that her consumer was entrapped.

Axel informed U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee that she wished time to request and evaluation information held by prosecutors in order that she will adequately advise Puig on whether or not there’s a potential protection — together with the federal authorities’s report of the interview with Puig, handwritten notes of the interview taken by the brokers, and any charging paperwork or plea agreements pertaining to Agent 1 and the affiliate.

Puig didn’t have his personal Spanish-language interpreter or a prison protection legal professional with him through the interview, his camp has stated.

Axel stated she confronted a number of challenges in advising her consumer, who’s a Spanish speaker with a third-grade training, and who was taking part in baseball in South Korea till he returned to the U.S. final week for his arraignment. Trying to advise Puig on complicated authorized points whereas coping with the language barrier and the time distinction was a big problem, she stated.

Assistant U.S. Atty. Jeff Mitchell, one in all two prosecutors engaged on the case, stated that the plea settlement was signed months in the past and that prosecutors have made their proof out there to Puig’s protection staff.

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The request by Puig’s staff might trigger the plea settlement to be breached, Mitchell stated, although Axel informed the decide that Puig didn’t want to breach his settlement at the moment.

Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, turned a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2019. Puig final performed for a Major League Baseball staff in 2019. Since then he performed within the Dominican Winter League, the Mexican League and this previous season in South Korea.

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