Violence Key To Ballplayer Smuggling Scheme, Feds Say

Law360, New York (November 22, 2016, 5:22 PM EST) -- Federal prosecutors asked a Florida district court Tuesday to allow evidence that purportedly shows two sports agents charged with conspiring to smuggle baseball players from Cuba relied on violence and the involvement of a Mexico-based kidnapping operation.

The U.S. government is opposing a bid by agents Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada to exclude from trial, evidence showing the alleged kidnappers had smuggled nonballplayer Cuban migrants through violent acts and threats before being enlisted by the pair. The government said in its brief Tuesday that Hernandez and...
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