Friday, November 30, 2012

Was Baseball Star Aroldis Chapman a Cuban Spy?



Those are the blockbuster allegations in this suit pending before Judge Altonaga.

Chapman, a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, is accused of some pretty outrageous things.

According to the complaint, as summarized by Judge Altonaga:
Plaintiffs allege Chapman is liable for Curbelo Garcia and Perdomo’s prolonged arbitrary detentions and torture, not because Chapman was personally involved in detaining or torturing Plaintiffs, but because he provided the Cuban government with the false accusations in the first instance. This furnishing of false accusations, Plaintiffs allege, was part of a conspiracy between Chapman and the Cuban government that Chapman entered into on the day he met Raul Castro. (See id. ¶¶ 301–10). When Chapman agreed to the conspiracy, he became part of a pervasive “snitch network of athletes.” (Id. ¶ 216). This network included “athletes in every team in Cuba,” and was so widespread that “[t]here was a special unit of security officials that were in charge of connecting directly with the athletes to seek out reliable informants.” (Aff. of Gregorio Miguel Calleiro (“Calleiro Aff.”) ¶¶ 8–9 [ECF No. 48-5]). Athletes who voluntarily became government informants reported “suspicious” behavior to their individual handlers in the Department of State Security (“DCSE”). (Id. ¶¶ 10–12; see Am. Compl. ¶ 216). In return for providing “actionable information for the state,” the informants received benefits from the Cuban government, such as the ability to travel with a national team. (Calleiro Aff. ¶ 14). Chapman sought the opportunity to travel with the National Baseball Team as a means of defecting. (See Am. Compl. ¶¶ 218, 221).
The Court denied the motion to dismiss and the case is proceeding.

Chapman is represented locally by Manny Garcia-Linares of Richman Greer.

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    Today, Governor Rick Scott named three new Judges, two County and one Circuit, to the bench, in Miami-Dade County. Welcome Judges Eric Hendon, Carlos Guzman, & Betty Capote.

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  5. He was a Cuban spy, this is well known.

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  7. @7:11 - Your mom is a Cuban spy.

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  8. And God said, "Let there be bullshit!" And there was. It's the Justice Building Blog.

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  9. Lonely middle-aged male needs virtual playmates. Likes vampires, immortals, and filthy monkeys. The sane need not apply. ~ Horace Rumpole

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  11. Santa and Satan: they spell their names with the same letters, they both wear red and black, and they are never seen together.

    Coincidence? I think not.

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  13. It's impossible to have a sunny disposition when my cat pees in my gym bag. ~ Horace Rumpole

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  14. If I'm going to be ruined, I'd like to get some sex out of it! ~ General Petraeus

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  15. Darling? Heart of my heart? Why aren't you wearing your sexy dominatrix outfit? ~ Rumpole to his cat

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  16. Be a good sport, Rump. Don't be the humorless and disapproving slut that you are.

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  17. Uh, can we lay off Rumpole?

    Except for the slut comment, the rest of that stuff doesnt really apply to him and is lost on me. And a little creepy, really.

    And PS - this Cuban Spy is a baseball player complaint? Is the plaintiff represented by the miccosukee's lawyer? MARTIANS!!!!!

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  18. @ 10:37 - Whatever, Rumpole. You're still a humorless phony.

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  19. This has all the appearances of a psycho chick obsessed.

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  20. Someone done brought the CRAZY

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  21. nah..she just done run outta meds. Don't ya love boinking the psycho chick, and then leaving while she's asleep? Man, she just bombs your cell phone messages the next day and you can let all your friends listen. Classic fun.

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  22. You're still humorless and you dress poorly.

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  23. That was entertaining.

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    You should know that if you continue to write things along the lines of "done run otta" and "bombs your cell" – the world will not take you seriously and/or no one in their right mind is going to allow you to "boink" their mind and body.

    You're going to have to resort to necrophilia. And I'm sure that even dead people will resist you.

    Have fun boinking your hand for the rest of your life.

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  26. Correction: To put it in more simple-minded terms that you would probably understand: I would rather boink a faceless, drug addict homeless man *than boink Rumpole.

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  29. 4:08 a.m.: Damn, you're an ANIMAL!!! That was one of the best put-downs on this blog.

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  30. Wait, are we to assume that Rump looks worse than the guy who got his face bitten off?

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