Things got heated in federal court during the deposition of one of the government’s key witnesses in the case against Hansen Helicopters. So much so that the government believes defense attorney David Lujan should be sanctioned and held in contempt for his behavior which they characterized as atrocious.
Attorney David Lujan represents Hansen Helicopter executive Kenneth Crowe. His co-defendant Marvin Reed filed an objection to the government’s unilateral cancellation of the deposition of witness Marinho.
The defense stated that the cancellation was without stipulation or consent of the defense, further stating that the government also deprived the defense of cross examination, stating that by the end of the September 16th, cross examination was not completed.
However, the government contends that Lujan completed the cross examination and provided an excerpt from yesterday’s hearing to the court in which Lujan stated “We’re done. We’re done. I’m done.”
Mr. Lujan then stopped his cross-examination, packed his material (all the while yelling at Ms. Miller), and walked out, the government said.
The government argued that it did not stop the deposition, Mr. Lujan did, because he refused to follow the court’s order regarding the use of an interpreter.
The government states that Lujan created a chaotic environment, insisting the witness did not need an interpreter, further arguing that the line of questioning by Lujan was irrelevant and a waste of the witness’ time.
“Despite this and other irrelevant lines of questioning, and ignoring this Court’s order to use an interpreter, the government did nothing to prevent the defendants’ cross-examination besides properly object,” contends the government.
The government says their behavior has been exemplary despite Lujan’s actions.
“As the Court can glean from the partial transcript of the proceedings, as well the prior audio recording provided to the Court, it is defense counsel, not the Government, which has behaved atrociously,” states the government.