Sepp Blatter likely will go down for the count, multiple counts actually
Many people were surprised that Sepp Blatter was not indicted recently and some people have speculated that the Department of Justice may not be able to make a case against him.
Based on my experience dealing with federal investigations and indictments, it’s not unusual for them to leave the principle target until a later time. Indictments can be superceded by returning to the grand jury to add counts and or defendants.
Typically, they proceed cautiously by only charging the defendants against whom they have ironclad cases. Then they sit back and play let’s make a deal in exchange for cooperation by indicted defendants. Lawyers submit proffers by their clients that contain a summary of what their client would say, if the client testified.
That process is already underway. TIME has reported,
Hot on the heels of the publication of former U.S. soccer chief Chuck Blazer’s guilty plea, another of the former FIFA officials indicted on bribery charges says he’s ready to sing.
Dropping a bombshell in a hastily-convened appearance on local TV late Wednesday, Jack Warner, the former head of the Trinidad & Tobago soccer association and the regional CONCACAF, promised an “avalanche” of revelations, including some about FIFA’s soon-to-be-ex-President Sepp Blatter, that “not even death will stop.”
“I will give them my knowledge of financial transactions at FIFA, including, but not limited to, Sepp Blatter,” Warner said.
Warner is an important witness for the government because he likely was involved in receiving and transferring the $10 million bribe to Blatter. Warner certainly has no reason to protect Blatter.
Right now, it’s everyman for himself.
Let the proffers roll.