Miami Reporters on the U.S. Government payroll and their role
in helping convict the Cuban Five

Judge Joan Lenard

from Order and Memorandum of Law, Cuban Five trial February 16, 2001

“The Court finds, however, that not even the most emphatic instruction or the most searching voir dire question can shield the jurors from banner headlines or ex parte statements and conduct by witnesses or counsel that would undoubtedly receive extensive coverage. ”

Attorney Martin Garbus

from Affidavit in Support of Gerardo Hernández August 31, 2012

“The Government’s successful secret subversion of the Miami print, radio, and television media to pursue a conviction... is unprecedented. There should now be an immediate dismissal of the indictment."

Reporters for hire

The prejudicial coverage by the Miami reporters.

Their histories and motive to help convict the Five.

U.S. Government Contracts

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Sequence of events from the first FOIA request in 2009 to the Habeas Corpus appeal in 2011.

The trial court documents:


Defense motion to enforce Court gag order

DE #938
Hernández motion to enforce Court gag order against witnesses (Basulto)
Filed Feb. 8, 2001

Court Order regarding witnesses comments to media

DE #999
Order granting in part and denying in part Motion for Clarification and/or Modification re: Witness comments to media
Issued Feb. 22, 2001

Court Opinion enforcing Gag order (witness Basulto comments to media)

DE #978
Court opinion and memorandum on Motion to enforce Court directive re: Witness comments to media
Issued Feb. 16, 2001

Defendants’ joint motion for Mistrial and Change of Venue

DE #1009
Defendants’ joint motion for Mistrial and Change of Venue
Filed Mar. 1, 2001

Gerardo Hernández

Scapegoated by the U.S. government and the Miami media.

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