The Federal Court for the Southern District of New York yesterday received the document by which the defense of former deputy Juan Antonio Hernández filed the appeal before that court.
Hernández, sentenced to life imprisonment More than 30 years on charges related to drug trafficking on March 30, he insists on his innocence, for which reason he presents the aforementioned appeal.
According to the document entered in the electronic file of the case, to which he had access THE PRESS, the appeal process began the day after the sentence, that is, on March 31. The document was sent to the attention of Judge Kevin Castel, who has been assigned to the case from the beginning and was the one who pronounced the sentence against Hernández.
For the US justice, Tony Hernández “played a leading role in a violent drug trafficking conspiracy sponsored by the State.” A monetary sentence of 138.5 million dollars was imposed on him.
The document also notes that the appeal includes not only the sentence handed down last week, but also the conviction that found Tony guilty in October 2019.
The appeal was presented by lawyer Peter Brill, who, for the purposes of this appeal, remains Tony’s legal representative, despite the fact that he had expressed his disagreement with the performance of the lawyer, for which a possible cessation of his duties was presumed. functions as legal representative of the Honduran.
The process continues, the Court will process the appeal, so Tony’s case will go from the hands of the court of first instance to the court of appeals, which will presumably be the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which It is the court in whose jurisdiction cases originating in the federal courts of the state of New York (which includes the Southern District) fall.
This step is the most recent in the case of Tony Hernandez, since his arrest in Miami, Florida, at the end of November 2018. Eleven months after his arrest, President Juan Orlando Hernández’s brother was subjected to a two-week trial in which he was found guilty of drug trafficking , possession and use of weapons and destructive devices and giving false statements to federal officials in October 2019. One year and five months after his conviction, Hernández was sentenced to life imprisonment, after which he began processing his appeal.