That's the gist of attorney Bob Burlington's defense of wealthy insurance magnate Nicolas Estrella in his suit against the insurer of his allegedly stolen yacht:
The whodunit case of Nicolas Estrella’s sunken yacht has dramatically changed course, as a witness now claims he was told that the Key Biscayne tycoon steered a plot to sink his vessel off the Bahamas to collect the insurance money.Well, let's see -- it's definitely hearsay in that it was a statement made by another to the affiant.
The sworn statement from witness Eric MacKenzie is the first apparent link implicating Estrella in the alleged plot. Estrella strongly denies the allegation, which his attorney called “double and triple hearsay.”
But double or triple? I'm not so sure.
Hey, I know a retired Magistrate Judge who has a lot of experience in these kinds of cases -- let's ask him to help out with some evidentiary rulings!
I mean seriously, what could go wrong?
(You can read more about Estrella's impeachment material on this witness here.)
Bonus Letter of the Day:
Steve Lippman asked Harris Solomon to write a letter to Judge Cohn.