Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Edgar Steele Trial, Day Two: Prosecution And Defense Give Opening Statements, FBI Agent Acknowledges Lying To Steele To Induce Confession

On day two of the trial of Edgar Steele in Boise, Idaho, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws laid out the case for the prosecution, portraying Edgar Steele as a man who wanted to murder his wife and sought to get it done. Defense lawyer Robert McAllister characterized the case as the product of a setup by Larry Fairfax, a financially-strapped man desperate to cover up his theft of silver from Steele's home. Then the parade of witnesses began with FBI Special Agent Mike Sotka testifying that he initially lied to Steele, falsely telling him his wife was dead, in a ruse to induce a confession (note that courts have upheld this practice). Federal informant Larry Fairfax then began his testimony.

Discussion References:

--; specific blog post HERE
-- "Edgar Steele charged in murder-for-hire plot", Vanguard News Network Forum (discussion of the trial itself begins on page 73)
-- "Help Free Ed Steele", Stormfront (discussion of the trial itself begins on page 16)
-- "Edgar J. Steele accused of murder-for-hire by previous govt. informant", White News Now

Media Story References:

-- "Prosecutors: Case against Steele ‘simple’", Spokane Spokesman-Review, April 27th 2011
-- "Defense: Fairfax stole silver, set up Steele", Spokane Spokesman-Review, April 27th 2011
-- "In ruse, FBI told Steele wife was dead", Spokane Spokesman-Review, April 27th 2011
-- "Jurors hear Fairfax-Steele recordings", Spokane Spokesman-Review, April 27th 2011
-- "Prosecutors: Man angered by affair in hit case", KBOI Channel 2, April 27th 2011
-- "Jurors hear FBI recordings in Steele case", Coeur d'Alene Press, April 28th 2011

YouTube video of KXLY Channel 4 story embedded below:

Summary: Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws provided the opening statement for the prosecution. He summed up the case as the story of a man who wanted to murder his wife, and hired somebody else to do it, albeit unsuccessfully. Haws suggested that Steele's motive was to clear the deck for his involvement with a Ukrainian woman. He also said that recorded audio will show Steele actively conspiring with Fairfax on just how to get rid of Cyndi Steele quickly and humanely.

Defense lawyer Robert McAllister immediately zeroed in on the Feds' superstar snitch, Larry Fairfax, noting that Fairfax set the whole thing up to cover up the fact that he, a trusted friend, had taken advantage of that trust by stealing the silver stored at Steele's home. McAllister then rebutted the prosecutor's purported motive by pointing out that when Steele nearly died of a ruptured aorta, Cyndi had split time between taking care of him and her own mother, and noting that they would literally spend 45 minutes at a time each day talking about each other and thrashing out the problems that faced their lives.

Then FBI Special Agent Mike Sotka took the stand. Sotka testified that investigators first told Steele his wife had died in a car crash to see if he would go along with alibis he'd mentioned in a secretly recorded conversation with Larry Fairfax. They even told Steele that Fairfax was involved in the crash but was coming out of a coma and beginning to talk, in order to induce a panic spur-of-the-moment confession. But when Steele held firm, agents quickly told him that his wife wasn't actually dead, but that they knew he'd hired Fairfax to kill her.

[Ed Note: Courts have held that it is not illegal for cops to lie to suspects during interrogations, so long as the lie is “intrinsic” to the matter or crime at hand, meaning that it is directly related to the suspect’s connection to the case. However, cops are not allowed to lie to a suspect on matters that are “extrinsic” to the matter or crime involved, meaning on those matters that have nothing to do with a suspect’s connection to a case but distort their ability to make a rational choice about confessing. But courts have held that subterfuge is not necessarily coercive in nature, so unless the police engage in conduct which coerces a suspect into confessing, no finding of involuntariness can be made. Consequently, so long as a police officer’s misrepresentations or omissions are not of a kind likely to produce a false confession, confessions prompted by deception are admissible in evidence.]

Superstar snitch Larry Fairfax began his testimony today. Fairfax alleges that Edgar Steele wanted Cyndi hit because he thought she was having an affair and because he wanted to take up with a younger woman; he allegedly feared the costs of a divorce from Cyndi. Fairfax told jurors that although he accepted money from Steele, he never intended to kill anyone and told the FBI about the plot because he feared retribution. He also admitted in open court that he thought there might be a way he could get the money without actually performing the hit on Cyndi. Fairfax also testified that when Steele started pressing him on the delay, and threatened to find someone else who would take care of his wife, and Fairfax, too, he contacted lawyer Jim Michaud, and the two arranged a meeting with federal authorities. The FBI gave Fairfax a recording device, and he secretly taped two conversations with Steele at his Talache Road home, east of Sagle near Shepherd Lake.

Jurors heard recordings of those conversations this afternoon. In a June 9th 2010 conversation, Steele is heard agreeing to give Fairfax a $400 advance to pay for his trip to Oregon City, where Cyndi Steele was visiting her mother. However, Edgar Steele continues to contest the authenticity of the recordings, and one person posting a comment to this story maintains that audio experts identified 351 edits on these manufactured tapes. Unfortunately, the judge earlier ruled the two experts could not testify. Fairfax's testimony will continue on Thursday April 28th.


Anonymous said...

[Ed Note: Courts have held that it is not illegal for cops to lie to suspects during interrogations,

DON'T Talk to the police. Always remember the "Five words" (promoted by Tom Metzger)

The ZOG PIGS are not your friends, not ever. Don't think you can "OUTSMART" them or "talk your way" out of getting busted.

This trial of Steele is just more evidence of the "lows" the ZOG system will go to to nail anyone Pro-White. It's happened to others before and will happen more in the future, especially as things get WORSE and more Whites wake up.


Vonbluvens Cadre said...

Another good bit of advice is not to allow Jews into your organization. You'd think that is an unspoken rule but apparently not these days!

Anonymous said...

That would be a real problem for Micheal BeLEVINS now wouldn't it?