We build the wall can be tried in absentia: court documents

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Steve Bannon, former aide to former President Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media following his arraignment in the NYS Supreme Court September 8, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

The We Build the Wall business unit could be tried “in absentia” alongside former Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon after officials at the alleged border wall charity resigned, court filings show.

Late last month, WeBuildTheWall, Inc. attorney Justin Weddle revealed in court that an internal exodus has resulted in the company robbing “people” who could be the face of the company’s criminal charges.

In a letter filed on March 13, Weddle said prosecutors had “described various possible outcomes, including a full cessation of prosecution, the court entering a guilty plea, or a trial in absentia.”

“I don’t know what outcomes WeBuildtheWall will face given the current circumstances but I am ill-placed to advocate for these matters as I am unable to communicate with the client, the client is unable to participate in and make decisions in this analysis, the client’s inability to pay for my services in conducting this analysis, and the divergent interests that the company and I have in these results,” Weddle wrote, seeking the court’s permission to retire as a lawyer.

Manhattan Superior Court Justice Juan Merchan said at a hearing Thursday morning that he would be open to Weddle’s withdrawal, which is not yet effective.

We Build the Wall began as a crowdfunding initiative to build a barrier along the US-Mexico border, but after funding more than $25 million, only three miles of fence were built. The Justice Department indicted four people associated with the company in August 2020: co-founder Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, Timothy Shea and Bannon.

After Trump pardoned Bannon on the twilight of his presidency, all three remaining defendants were convicted. Kolfage and Badolato pleaded guilty. Shea was found guilty by a federal jury.

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/we-build-the-walls-corporate-entity-might-be-tried-in-absentia-after-officers-resign/ We build the wall can be tried in absentia: court documents

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