11th Circ. Upholds Verdicts Of Cuban MLB Player Smugglers

Law360 (August 13, 2020, 9:44 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a Florida federal jury's convictions of a baseball agent and an athletic trainer who prosecutors say made millions smuggling Cuban players into the United States, finding that there was enough evidence to support the convictions.

In a unanimous, published decision penned by U.S. Circuit Judge Jill A. Pryor, the panel rejected the arguments of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada that the government did not adequately prove a "bring to" element in its counts for "alien smuggling" because the pair did not physically escort the players across the border.

"The evidence showed that Estrada and Hernandez...

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