Augello Awaits His Fate

October 2, 2018

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Augello Awaits His Fate

After brief closing statements, a jury in Mays Landing, New Jersey is deciding whether retired Pagan Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello is a prescription drug kingpin and ruthless murderer.

Augello is accused of ordering the murder of April Kauffman to either protect his drug empire or because they were lovers and they had a quarrel over a sign. Augello is also accused of ordering the murder of April Kauffman’s widower in order to cover his tracks – which is something that the state’s star witness admitted on the stand that he just made up one day off the top of his head.

There is no physical evidence that Augello is either a murderer or a drug lord. Most obviously, drug lords don’t need public defenders. The evidence against him comprised the most potentially incriminating bits of two months-worth of recorded conversations with two former friends who had been assigned the job of entrapping the accused man.

Glick And Mulholland

Their names were Andrew Glick and Joseph Mulholland. They engaged Augello in casual talks and tried to trick him into saying something incriminating. Neither one of them is a guy you would want around your daughter or your son.

The other witnesses who testified against Augello all had brushes with OxyContin as users and sellers of the drug. Virtually all Oxy users also sell the drug to pay for their own addictions. Oxy is generally described by people who have studied it as a “drug of despair.” The way an increasingly failing America treats this despair is by criminalizing the despairing. The witnesses against Augello all gained a personal advantage by testifying that Freddy did it.

Freddy didn’t do it. James Kauffman did. Kauffman was a white collar criminal. He grew rich by writing bogus prescriptions. Augello’s crime is that he knew or was at least acquainted with many of the people Kauffman sold prescriptions to. And when Kauffman started looking for somebody to kill his wife he talked to people Freddy knew.

Musical Chairs

Freddy Augello has been in jail since January and his life is hanging by a thread right now because America has become a sadistic state and because he lost a cruel and stupid game of musical chairs. Government, in the new millennium, proves it is doing its job by punishing people. Government may not be able to keep bridges from collapsing or cities from flooding or hackers or spam but it can punish the hell out of any of us anytime. Our nation has five percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.

Somebody had to go down to justify a very long and expensive FBI investigation. If you are going to spend two or three million a year for seven or eight years on an open ended investigation it better conclude with somebody going to prison. It better be a photogenic case. The guy you convict ought to be a lesson to somebody somewhere. And it helps if you can throw in the solution to a front page, cold case murder. Oh, and while you’re at make the victim a pretty blonde and…oh, I don’t know, pick one that did something nice for veterans.

Everybody except Freddy Augello was either dead or had an out. April Kauffman who might have put James Kauffman in prison was dead. The man who killed her, Frank Mulholland was dead. The man who probably killed him, Joseph Mulholland, testified against Freddy. The one, real, live drug dealer in the group, Andrew Glick, got a clean record by testifying against Augello. James Kauffman killed himself in jail.

That left Freddy Augello.

The jury began deliberations about 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This is a simple case. It is common for juries to ask the presiding judge questions about points of law or to ask that parts of the trial transcript be given to them.

It is also common for a conscientious jury to deliberate for about an hour for every day of testimony. There were nine days of testimony.

But that is hardly a reliable formula. The trial of Jeff Pike and John Portillo last spring lasted three months. Like Augello’s trial and like most biker cases most of the evidence against the men was supplied by informants with a dog in the fight. That jury deliberated for about nine hours before returning guilty verdicts against both men on eleven counts.

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4 Responses to “Augello Awaits His Fate”

  1. Paladin Says:

    With the dumbing down of the American citizenry almost complete, A bench trial might be a viable future option for those caught up in the government’s machine. It might be harder for a prosecutor to bullshit an honest judge, if you’re lucky enough to find one. If you’re that lucky, buy a lottery ticket, you’ll probably win.

    Paladin

  2. Jim Bob Says:

    Stevo
    + 1
    Going to sleep tonight, praying for Freddy

  3. Freebird Says:

    Maybe a new record…. found guilty before the first post on the article…..

  4. Stevo Says:

    Fingers crossed for Freddy.

    Stevo

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