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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Khodorkovsky verdict reading still in progress - 9th day

This week, with the nuclear option being aborted, the Senate has decided to keep the filibuster available to block judicial nominations. In Russia, they go one step further - they let the judges filibuster!!

The verdict for Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky, charged with everything from tax evasion to dirty fingernails, has entered its ninth day. Remember - they haven't even said yet what the decision is - they're just reading non-stop for anywhere from four to six hours a day straight. Some commentators think this is a calculated ploy to sap media interest in the case so that when they send him away it won't make such a big splash. Moscow also has the recent black-out to take up the public's attention, so they may get their wish.

Khodorkovsky, sitting in the little jail cage that is required for defendants on trial, has been working crosswords while the judges labor through it tag-team style.

UPDATE: The verdict came in - guilty on tax evasion. Sentence could be up to 7 years.


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