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 Indictments can be superceded by returning to the grand jury to add counts and or defendants.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.

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Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.


  1. dubinsky
    June 5, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    this is just terrible. Blatter only accepted all those bribes because he had a good-faith expectation of privacy concerning them.

    Blatter really oughta sue…and a nice ethical attorney….(no, not you Fred, I’m thinking Dershowitz here) … really should volunteer to aid the victimized Blatter.

  2. Alice X
    June 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Bringing a perspective from migrant laborers.

    The LIPTV (who I don’t always recommend) with Jaimie Fuller on FIFA and human trafficking in Qatar.

  3. Alice X
    June 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm


  4. Wayne Christensen
    June 5, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    This was all smoke and mirrors to take attention away from patriot reauthorization.
    Seems to have worked perfectly.
    I know this case was handed to our new AG, but come on, how about going after the economic terrorists that brought down the world economy?
    I’m holding my breath till she indicts them all!

  5. pelham
    June 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Excellent points, and I wonder how many here quietly agree. I’d go further and ask “Sepp who?” But I and the multitude of Americans who would raise such a natural and reasonable question are restrained by the fear we’ll reveal ourelves as bumpkins insufficiently globalized to give a fig about “fussball.”

    But yes, it’s a grand distraction. And it’s possibly a classic of the genre given the abiding public horror of nothing being done about the banksters and their $29 trillion theft and the switch of the Freedom Act (shivers) for the Patriot Act, in itself a nice trick in that the new improved version isn’t, well, improved.

  6. June 5, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Anything for Lightweight Loretta to avoid putting newly made billionaire Jamie “Cufflinks” Dimond in the dock.

    You go, girl!

  7. June 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    The end game is to get Russian World Cup 2018 to the “rightful” host city, London

  8. Wayne Christensen
    June 6, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I agree.
    But it also seems that the arguments being waged for the continuation of the “Patriot” Act, were about the gathering of phone records was also a red herring. According to Marci Wheeler at empty wheel, the NSA, etall were after internet records. Phone records were a minor priority. Score another one for the intelligence community and the death of the 4th amendment and the Constitution.