The one rule in the U.S. government’s case against accused Cali cartellawyers Michael Abbell and William Moran has always been: It’s neverover � not even after two trials and the pair’s ultimate conviction andsentencing on money laundering charges.
A ruling Tuesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the fraudcase of former Arizona governor Fife Symington could result in a thirdtrial for the two criminal defense lawyers. Abbell and Moran wereaccused by federal prosecutors of subverting the justice system byaiding the now-defunct Colombian drug cartel. The government claimedthe lawyers, among other things, spread hush money to silence potentialwitnesses and elicited phony affidavits to benefit cartel leaders.
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