Anonymous said: Hmm, where does all this leave Robel? It really looks like he was just there while Dias was doing his thing, but Aza also seemed significantly less involved so idk. How fucked up is the justice system that Aza could do more time though? That just seems incredibly unfair especially since Dias took the lead and is probably the main reason they're in this mess in the first place (besides Jahar ofc). That speedy trial did Aza no favors that's for sure.
Yeah, I suspect a heated conversation between Aza’s parents and his attorneys may be taking place right now! If he ends up serving more time that is abso-fucking-lutely ridiculous. Gah. Now we wait until October 16th and see what happens with Aza’s sentencing.
Best case scenario, Robel is able to cut a deal and gets time served. He has the advantage of being high as fuck or sleeping and was out of the loop when the decisions were being made to retreive and remove Jahar’s crap from the dorm room. Dias and Aza were speaking in Russian and from what we’ve heard so far it sounds like Robel was very much in the background and not that involved in the process.
But Robel is charged with lying to investigators about whether he was in the dorm room with Dias and Aza. He is not charged with destroying evidence.
The FBI alleges that Robel obstructed the investigation by repeatedly lying to interrogators before admitting that he had been in the dorm room and saw Dias take the backpack and the laptop.
Of course they didn’t record the interrogation, they only have their notes, but that didn’t seem to bother Aza’s jury. In Aza’s trial, one FBI agent had trouble with his recall during testimony, had to be nudged back on track by prosecutor, but that still didn’t bother the jury.
Police departments all over the US record their interviews, most with video. The worst terror attack on US soil since 9/11, but we don’t bother recording interrogations? Tells me that the FBI wants to be able to mold and tailor their agents’ testimony to fit their needs.
Problem with that: the Feds don’t get to decide who is guilty, only the jury does. To do that, the jury needs to see and hear the evidence. Why the FBI does not allow interrogations to be recorded, it is their policy, THAT should have been an issue in Aza’s trial, or any defendants.