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Friday, June 19, 2015

Some Reflections On The Brasilian Man Facing Extradition To The USA For FIFA Corruption

Elena and I sometimes discuss big civil disputes and divorce cases. We have a favorite saying as follows:

"The lawyers are going to end up getting all the money."

     As you know from your disputes with credit bureaus, Brasilian lawyers are very expensive. My guess is that they are just as expensive as American lawyers.

    For the United States, this corruption case is a big deal. They will literally spend millions of dollars to get this man sent back to New York City for trial. There will not be just a couple of court hearings and the matter will go away. All sorts of pressure will be applied to the Brasilian government including threats of sanctions like those that are imposed on President Putin of Russia.
You can rest assured that the man facing the charges will end up with a legal bill in the range of $1,500,000 US. Even if he beats extradition to the USA, he will be ruined in Brasil and not able to leave the country ever.

    I understand the legal system here well. The smartest thing this man could do is to agree to cooperate with US authorities and voluntarily return to New York City. He will be out on bail until after the trial. The US government,most likely, will pay all of his US legal expenses. After he testifies against the others in the FIFA corruption scandal, he,most likely, will get a prison sentence between 1-2 years. That sentence would either be served at a low-security facility in the USA or in Brasil on house arrest. After his release,he could go forward with his life and have money left for his family.

    The man who just resigned as president of FIFA will get charged and sent to the USA. When it is all over expect a prison sentence in the range of 20 years. He will die in disgrace in some American federal prison.