The Michael Roberts-Jim Toledano Sting Stinks

[Moxley Confidential] Upon close examination, this sordid tale looks less like a criminal case and more like a civil matter

There's something else troubling. To support her contention that Toledano committed extortion, Olivieri called a lone, so-called expert to the grand jury: Paul Roper—the Marconis' personal lawyer and the man police used to carry a duffel bag containing $360,000 to Roberts in the sting operation.

Roper testified that a fool could see that Roberts had no case and that Toledano's goal was therefore extortion: the exchange of Bo's incriminating letters and pictures and a promise not to go to the media for the money. Here again, however, we encounter likely self-serving spin slamming into pesky facts: Roberts went to the media before he accepted the duffel bag.

Also, there is no direct evidence, other than Roper's word, that Toledano ever threatened that a failure to pay meant he would go to the media with salacious dirt or accuse Bo of committing perjury about the sex. Without a threat, there is no extortion attempt.

To further explain the flimsiness of the case, Roper—with Olivieri's prodding—cast Toledano's tough negotiating with the Marconis as the work of a criminal. Roper testified that it's unheard of and suspicious for a lawyer to try to negotiate a settlement for a client prior to going to court.

Really?

Do what the grand jury shamefully didn't: Consider the absurdity of Roper's statement. Then think about the fact that the prosecution's case relies on the uncorroborated word of a lone, biased witness who is on the Marconis' payroll. Then ask yourself if this sordid mess should have ended up in a criminal courtroom.

 

 * This article was modified on June 23, 2011.

This column appeared in print as "This Sting Stinks: The more you look at the criminal case against Michael Roberts and Jim Toledano, the more it looks like a matter for civil court."

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
5 comments
MP3
MP3

If you've ever met Michael Roberts, you'd know he's very charming. And he knows how to use that skill to lie, cheat and steal from the people around him.

HerpesGroups.com
HerpesGroups.com

If you're living with herpes or other STDs, this may help. HerpesGroups. com is a safe and warm-hearted community for singles with STDs to connect with others in the same situation. You can find support groups to talk about symptoms, treatments, meet new friends and even find love with someone that understands what you go through.

lydiawow
lydiawow

I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on--s'e'ek'c'ou'ga'r.c รณm--.it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck 'it out or tell your friends!Roper testified that it's unheard of and suspicious for a lawyer to try to negotiate a settlement for a client prior to going to court.

OCLocal
OCLocal

Roper testified that it's unheard of and suspicious for a lawyer to try to negotiate a settlement for a client prior to going to court.--------

Doesn't this happen everyday. It is called settling the case. If they can't settle the case then they go to trial.

juliarix
juliarix

About 16 percent of Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with genital herpes, making it one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, U.S. health officials said. Maybe this is the reason that why there are more than 680,000 members on the herpes dating site pozmingle. Hope all the people take care and find love.

 
Loading...