by Max Brantley
One of Maggio's problems with the government is that they are pissed because he turned on them after signing up to be a snitch. He makes it harder to get the others but not necessarily impossible.Also: It's not over until it's over for Maggio. The defense lawyer notes that federal rules provide for post-sentencing relief for belated cooperation.
Remember that the government plays the long game in its cases; working them forever for all they can get. They take all the time they need. 5 year statute of limitations; no arrest triggering speedy trial issues. State officials, on the other hand, are prone to, as I put it, premature ejaculation: They have to make their case quick even if halfassed to prove to the locals that they are doing their jobs, even if the investigation isn't complete. The feds, on the other hand, have to prove nothing, and they charge when they know you can't get out of it. Hence, a 98+% conviction rate in federal court.
The United States, in good faith, provided numerous opportunities to allow Maggio to comply with his obligations under the Plea Agreement and Addendum. As outlined below, Maggio breached the plea agreement when he failed to truthfully disclose all information and knowledge regarding his, Individual A’s, and Individual B’s criminal conduct; failed to be available for interview upon reasonable request; and ceased cooperating with the United States. Maggio cannot now justly claim the benefits of the plea agreement while flaunting its terms.PS: A reader invokes the late Doug Smith in observing that the U.S. attorney has misused the word "flaunting." I believe he's correct in saying the proper word here would be "flouting."