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Courtroom Dramatics in Fraud Case

All four defendants facing conspiracy and fraud charges against Gold County Lenders owners and associates, were present in court this morning as a number of matters regarding the complaint were heard by Superior Court Judge Candace S. Heidelberger. Phil Lester and his sister Susan Laferte remained in custody and Ellen Lester and Jon Blinder sat in the audience as they were previously released on bail.
In a rather dramatic demonstration complaining of the volume of discovery provided by the State Attorney General, Defense Attorney Gregory Klein tossed a copy War and Peace across the courtroom towards Deputy Attorney General, Maggy Krell, stating that the Attorney General’s office expects the defense to read the equivalent of 150 copies of the novel in preparation of the upcoming hearings. Judge Heidelberger quickly admonished Klein and quelled any further dramatic displays in her courtroom.
All defense attorneys requested some sort of indexing or table of contents to be established by the Deputy Attorney General so that some sense of organization of the 470,000 plus pages could be more easily accessed.  Krell argued that it is not the attorney General’s responsibility to make the defense attorney’s job easier and that she chose to provide all of the documentation so the defense could decide what is relevant for their defense. Heidleberger asked that a proposal be presented to the court on October 25.
In another matter, a motion to reconsider bail for his client Susan Laferte had been submitted by Attorney Klein.  Phil Lester’s court appointed attorney, Kenneth Tribby, also joined that motion. Judge Heidelberger stated she would revisit bail following an injunction hearing regarding property matters on October 25. Heidelberger said that she was not at liberty to modify current bail unless there was a change in circumstances or law. The judge stated that the results of the injunction hearing could be an acceptable change of circumstances which could allow for a reduction of bail.
Attorney Malcom Segal, representing Jon Blinder, requested a postponement of Blinder’s arraignment, which was scheduled for today, so that he could have adequate time to review documentation. Deputy Attorney General Krell did not oppose this request and Blinder’s arraignment was moved to October 30.
Ellen Lester and her attorney were also in court, but were relatively silent as Ellen Lester was released in September on her own recognizance.
All four defendants will be present in court for the preliminary injunction hearing on October 25th.
A preliminary hearing regarding the case is still scheduled for November 6.

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