Following up on my post here, the Sac Bee has this story on the dismissal of federal bribery and associated charges against defendants Poursartip and Shirazi shortly before trial. Here's what the defense attorneys had to say:
Neither [Richard] Pachter nor [Chris] Wing is known to talk publicly about their cases. But they made an exception due to the circumstances surrounding this case.
“My client and I are gratified that justice has been done and that the government has finally recognized that its case was based upon lies,” Pachter, a former federal prosecutor, said in an email. “I must say, however, that I wish they had ‘aggressively questioned’ their witnesses before they charged my client and made him suffer through six years of false allegations and wrongly tarnished his professional and personal reputation.”
Wing said in an email: “This case should never have been indicted. Before it was filed, we identified the fatal problems in the government’s conception of the facts but, without notice to us, they indicted the case based on false information. It is frustrating that it took the government so long to realize that what my co-counsel and I were saying was correct.”