At least one old courthouse wag told me that Luthmann “lucked out” getting the Hon. Jack Weinstein, DJ (EDNY) on his case --- he has been known to roast Assistant U. S Attorneys that bring him junk arrests on pseudo-Federal raps --- just like this Luthmann case seems to be
Luthmann and Judge Weinstein are scheduled to have a little get together on 1/4/18 --- Also, one of my sources following this case closely has let me know that on or before 1/4/18 the US. Attorney for the EDNY is likely to >>> ADD <<< some even more substantial things to the Ruthmann Indictment
bloggers and freelance journalist types do appear to have an interest in the
ulterior aspects of the charges brought against Richard Luthmann by the “Feds” ---
they think that there might be some kind of collusion between the federal prosecutors and local
politicos like the McMahons
Local dailies, both tabloid and broadsheet, and other media also appear to have a more general interest in the case, so it’s expected that there should at least a few reporters from the establishment media in the courtroom on the 4th of January
***** One very odd factor that was brought to my attention by one of my more reliable BSIs was that >>> BROOKLYN <<< Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar took a keen, and rather personal or emotional interest in the Luthmann Indictment --- purportedly Mr. Kassar sent several gloating E-mails or social media messages about the Reform Party’s needing “A new General Counsel” and referring to Mr. Luthmann’s legal problems (it also now seems possible that Kassar made a singular similar comment right here on this blog a while back) *****
As a little backfill, here’s part of how the NY Times has reported on this case: “…. In the tightknit circles of the Staten Island courts, the lawyer Richard Luthmann has always been a kind of local oddity, styling himself as the borough’s version of a Nixonian dirty trickster. This summer, when Mr. Luthmann was accused of creating phony Facebook pages to undermine his enemies in Staten Island politics, he responded to charges by writing on Facebook: ‘I am a bear with the taste of blood in my mouth.’ A devoted fan of ‘Game of Thrones,’ he once asked a judge to let him settle a lawsuit by dueling with his adversary’s lawyer in what he called his ‘common-law right to Trial by Combat.’… Volatile, perennially bow-tied and working from an office in a strip mall upstairs from a vape shop, Mr. Luthmann, 38, has a reputation for being somewhat strange, but at least until recently, his colleagues in the Staten Island bar said, he was considered to be harmless. That, however, changed last week when federal prosecutors accused him of a raft of bizarre and violent crimes, saying that he once tried to assassinate a top official in the borough’s Democratic Party and later sought to pay a stripper to claim that she was raped by a candidate running for district attorney…. Over the weekend, the accusations against Mr. Luthmann ricocheted across Staten Island, where lawyers and politicos tried to make sense of the allegations and figure out if the lawyer whom they had merely thought of as eccentric could have employed what the government described as ‘Mafia-style tactics.’…” (See “Eccentric, Sure. But a Violent Criminal? Staten Island Puzzles Over the Case of Richard Luthmann” by Alan Feuerdec, 12/20/17, NY Times [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/20/nyregion/staten-island-richard-luthmann-lawyer.html]).
Here's how the NY Times went on to describe the charges that the U.S. Attorney brought against Mr. Luthmann: “…. The broad allegations against Mr. Luthmann were contained in court papers charging him with running an outlandish criminal scheme from his office on Victory Boulevard, a few blocks from the Staten Island Expressway. In an indictment issued on Friday, in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, prosecutors said that Mr. Luthmann joined forces with a blind man and two reputed mobsters to pack shipping containers with ‘cheap filler material’ and fraudulently sell them to a group of local businesses as scrap metal. In the midst of the plot, prosecutors claim, Mr. Luthmann turned on one of his partners and had him held at gunpoint to collect a $7,000 debt…. But according to the government, the scrap-metal operation was only the tip of Mr. Luthmann’s iceberg of misconduct. In a detailed memorandum that describes conduct not charged in the indictment, prosecutors said that for the past several years, Mr. Luthmann has wielded lawsuits, social media attacks and threats of physical violence to wage a series of ‘bullying campaigns’ that furthered his ‘vendettas against his perceived enemies.’…”
That's all for now, because I still don't have enough Info to go out on a limb for this guy. However, this case does have the odor of some very old squid sticking to it. And if national news is any guide, lately the DOJ and the FBI might well be running a dirty shop like any dirty local DA types and their even dirtier investigators (look at what his successors have uncovered about Brooklyn DA Hynes and his crew).