TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
For the Defense in Massachusetts
"Prominent defense lawyer faces US charges; Robert A. George goes on trial today on charges of
conspiring to launder money" by Milton J. Valencia | Globe Staff May 29, 2012
In a recent trial in federal court in Boston, well-known lawyer Robert A. George stood before a jury for
his closing arguments, and spoke directly.
“When you’re innocent, you have a right to stand up and say something,’’ he declared in defense of his
client, a Dorchester nurse and a mother of five charged with distributing prescription drugs.
But George might well have been speaking for himself - because he, too, is about to stand trial.
The 57-year-old father of three is accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring to help a former client
launder drug money, and of restructuring bank deposits in violation of tax laws. Jury selection is slated
for Tuesday. The case is a fight for his career and his livelihood.
The arrest of George in March 2011 caused a stir in the legal community, and defense lawyers
descended on the Moakley courthouse to show their support.
In the year since FBI agents first swarmed his home, George, known for his testy exchanges with
prosecutors, has represented clients just as aggressively as he did years ago when he defended Mafia
figures and, later, the trash collector who maintains he was wrongly convicted of murdering Cape Cod
fashion writer Christa Worthington.
George has also fought for a new trial for a former Stoughton police chief after finding information
about one of the jurors that could have excluded her from serving on the panel in that extortion case.
That request is pending in state court.
See: Massachusetts Justice: The Stench of Stoughton
He has been working on his own case with two of the state’s better known defense lawyers, Robert M.
Goldstein and Kevin R. Reddington. With them, he has filed repeated motions.
George has accused prosecutors of retaliating against him, being vindictive because of his defense of a
man accused of plotting to kill a federal prosecutor several years ago. He has questioned the propriety
of the government’s use of a confidential informant in his case, a man with a lengthy criminal
Oh, no! That means NOT GUILTY!
I didn't attend the trial:
Prominent defense attorney Robert A. George goes on trial in federal court
Robert George’s lawyer says witness against him issued threats
Witness threatened violence against lawyer George
Video captures lawyer Robert George discussing alleged money-laundering deal
Lawyers say witness hounded George
Jury is coming back in:
"Attorney Robert A. George found guilty in money laundering case" by Milton J. Valencia | Globe Staff,
June 08, 2012
Robert A. George, a prominent attorney well known for his testy clashes with the government, was
convicted in federal court in Boston Friday in a sweeping verdict that found he helped a client launder
$200,000 in profits from crimes and pocketed $20,000 for his work.
All along, the former client, Ronald Dardinski, had been cooperating with the US Drug Enforcement
George, a 57-year-old father of three, appeared emotionless, staring ahead as the guilty verdicts were
announced after only four hours of deliberation. Family members, who sat in support throughout the
two-week trial, shook their heads in disbelief....
So am I.
The arrest of George caused quite a stir within the state’s legal community.
In 2006, he defended the convicted trash collector who maintains his innocence in the death in Cape
Cod of fashion writer Christa Worthington. He has represented Mafia figures, and his work on behalf of
his clients last year also exposed the FBI’s scandalous use of New England Mafia capo Mark Rossetti
as an informant.
That's why the GOVERNMENT SET HIM UP!
Lawyers in all areas, ranging from civil courts to white-collar crimes public defender, attended the trial
and many descended on the courthouse to show support when George was arrested in March 2011.
George has practiced law in Massachusetts for more than three decades.
His lawyers questioned whether he was targeted in the investigation, and they attacked the credibility
of the government’s key witness, Dardinski, an admitted Mafia enforcer and career criminal whom
they accused of setting up the attorney to retaliate against him for a past financial dispute. They also
questioned the DEA’s use of such an informant, who admitted to committing crimes while working for
A mortgage broker, Michael Hansen of Dover, also began cooperating with authorities after they
confronted him about the dealings with Dardinski.
Hansen then recorded a conversation in which he paid George $20,000 for the scheme. George had not
received any money until then.
Hansen was never charged with money laundering, and he pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors to a
lesser charge of tax violations. He is slated to be sentenced next month.
Peter Manso - who wrote a book, “Reasonable Doubt,’’ about the Worthington case and who befriended
George during that trial - maintained his support for him Friday.
He questioned the DEA’s decision to pay Dardinski about $27,000 for his work as an informant, more
than George received for helping him launder money.
“It goes beyond justice,’’ he said. “How much money has gone into this investigation? It’s unreal.’’
That's YOUR TAX MONEY at WORK, Americans!!
That's why your SOCIAL SERVICES are being SHREDDED!
And INVESTIGATE REAL CRIMES like WALL STREET LOOTING, WARS BASED ON LIES, and TORTURE?
He added, “The operative question is, ‘Why have they gone after Bob George?’’
Oh, I THINK WE KNOW WHY! He BLEW the COVER of an INFORMANT!
Related: A Bulging Boston Globe
Hey, it's okay when the government uses the mob for murder, right?
One juror, who asked to remain anonymous because of the publicity surrounding the case and because
of the mention of Mafia figures involved, said the panel came to a quick conclusion about George’s guilt
based on the recorded conversations between him and Dardinski.
The juror said that Dardinski was clearly a questionable figure, but George knew what he was talking
about in the recordings. He is a lawyer who knows about money laundering schemes, the juror noted.
“There was a substantial amount of evidence against the defendant,’’ he said. “It was evidently clear
that he did have an understanding of where [the money] came from.’’
In their closing arguments Friday, federal prosecutors denied that George was targeted.
“These are the words from the defendant’s mouth,’’ Assistant US Attorney Laura Kaplan told jurors,
holding up a CD of the recorded conversations. “This is evidence that is not susceptible to lying, to
bias, to motivation. The tape can’t lie.’’
Actually, IT CAN!!
See: When Seeing and Hearing Isn't Believing
You Can Not Trust Your TV
And if they are willing to phony up the 4th of July what makes you think they would have a second
thought regarding what we all thought we saw on 9/11?