Saturday, November 22, 2014

Florida Attorney Claims A-Rod Received Special Treatment From Prosecutors

Yankees' Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez recieved special treatment from the U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuting Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, court papers filed in Florida this week say. 

Attorney Frank Quintero Jr. filed court papers in Miami Thursday, in which he asked the court to make MLB comform to subpoenas by February 9, the date Quintero's client, Lazaro Collazo, is set to go on trial. Quintero is trying to make up his defense for Collazo, and questioned why Rodriguez got off easy in the case while his cousin and another defendant didn't.

Quintero also claimed that statements made by Rodriguez' former lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, in a recent interview with New York Magazine prove that the 39-year-old has recieved "promises of non-prosecution by the Government," as a limited-use agreement doesn't prevent the government from prosecuting a witness if more evidence of criminal activity is discovered later on.

“Mr. Tacopina, who served as a prosecutor prior to practicing as a criminal defense attorney, would be aware that the immunity agreement conveyed to Mr. Rodriguez would not bar prosecution against his client under certain circumstances,” Quintero wrote, “such as for providing false information or information derived from other investigations/witnesses.”

Quintero added that the The U.S. Attorney plans to “take no action against Mr. Rodriguez, instead making it known that they intend to rely on his testimony at trial." Rodriguez was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season after it was found that he had recieved steroids from Bosch, forcing him to forego the majority of his $25 million salary.

Rodriguez is still expected to rejoin the Yankees next spring training, however, the first one he'll have been a part of since 2012.

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