Letters Blogatory

The Blog of International Judicial Assistance | By Ted Folkman of Folkman LLC

Posts tagged “UK

Royal Scandal of the Day: Can Prince Andrew Be Required To Testify?

Posted on January 29, 2020

Back in 2015 I wrote about some unserious attempts by lawyers for an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein to get testimony or a statement from Prince Andrew. I commented on the haplessness of the strategy of sending requests to Buckingham Palace and the awesomeness of the letterhead of the alleged victims’ lawyers. Later, I commented on a silly follow-up attempt to send official letters to the British Embassy.

+Read more

Belfast Project: Ivor Bell Acquitted

Posted on October 21, 2019

Ivor Bell, who was accused of soliciting the murder of Jean McConville, was acquitted last week in a Northern Ireland court after the judge directed a verdict in his favor. The charges against Bell had resulted from his taped confession, given to researchers at the Belfast Project, an oral history project about the Troubles that I’ve written about extensively over the years. The tapes were the subject of years of litigation after the Northern Ireland authorities requested legal assistance from the US government to obtain them from Boston College under the US/UK mutual legal assistance treaty. After the challenges to the subpoenas were finally, and in my view correctly, rejected and the tapes were produced, there were further challenges in the Northern Ireland courts…

+Read more

Case of the Day: Khrapunov v. Prosyankin

Posted on July 30, 2019

The case of the day is Khrapunov v. Prosyankin (9th Cir. 2019). Khrapunov was a defendant in an English lawsuit in which he was alleged to have misappropriated money from JSC BTA Bank, a Kazakh bank. He sought discovery from Google in the Northern District of California for use in the English case, and specifically for use in proceedings aimed at lifting injunctions the English court had issued. The judge, over objections, authorized issuance of the subpoena, and the objectors appealed. While the appeal was pending, the English court decided the injunction issue, denying Khrapunov any relief. Kharpunov’s requests for leave to appeal was denied, and the English court’s decision had become final, though he claimed he could seek to set aside the English…

+Read more