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05.17.2014

Boo Hoo, Rudy Kurniawan Doesn't Like Jail

bigstock-Jail-Head-In-Hands-1414114.jpgYou know, it's pretty rough when you defraud some people of millions of dollars and then you have to go to jail when you're found guilty. Especially when you've got a defense team of lawyers that hardly seems to have tried to get you acquitted.

But alas, that was wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan's fate this past Autumn. Apparently he doesn't like it too much. I dare say it's a pretty big change from his coastal mansion, fast cars, and dinners at the top restaurants in Los Angeles.

In a brilliant display of the same twisted logic used to defend him against fraud charges, his lawyers recently filed a brief with the court petitioning for his release, on the grounds that he has already done enough time.

Their argument? That his crime was defrauding only the very rich who have many millions to spare anyway. They probably should have checked with Bernie Madoff's defense team to see how well that line went over.

But then again, we live in a country where you can sue for millions because you overload your shopping bag and a bottle of wine drops on your foot and breaks your ankle.

I'm not sure, though, what planet you'd need to be on to imagine that after just a couple of years in jail, your client had done enough time against what might be a sentence of up to 40 years.

The prosecutors, for their part, say Kurniawan should get no less than 14 years.

His sentencing has been scheduled for May 29th.

Man in jail courtesy of Bigstock.

Comments (7)

05.19.14 at 4:43 AM

Anyone thinking Rudy didn't have co-conspirators in unloading millions of dollars of fake juice in all of this? If he is sentenced on the 29th, end of story and back to business as usual for the bad guys. Thought he would have started throwing people under the bus by now!

John Keegan wrote:
05.19.14 at 6:56 AM

Dear Alder,
I wish you would not hoist the old canard that someone made millions from hot coffee between her legs. Google it and you will find the real story. Unfortunately that has entered urban legend.

David Price wrote:
05.19.14 at 7:53 AM

If memory serves, as to the coffee the evidence showed that the company serving the coffee "to go" knew it was too hot but decided to keep it that hot because if would stay fresher that way. Less throwaway coffee = more profit. The coffee was spilled, not put between her legs.

Lloyd Vance wrote:
05.19.14 at 9:12 AM

Stella Lieback, a 79 year old women, was a passenger in the car after getting her coffee from McDonald's. They were parked in the parking lot when the coffee spilled over her legs. She got third degree burns over six percent of her body and she was hospitalized for eight days. Also, she didn't receive millions. The last trial reduced her 'reward' to hundreds of thousands but the final settlement was kept secret.

Sid W wrote:
05.21.14 at 11:20 PM

Yes, the actual story of Stella Liebeck is pretty awful and not at all as legend has it:

http://priceonomics.com/how-a-lawsuit-over-hot-coffee-helped-erode-the-7th/

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