Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello, the retired Pagan who is accused of murdering radio host April Kauffman in May 2012, conspiring to kill her widower James Kauffman and calling the shots in a major, multistate oxycodone distribution racket was in court yesterday.
Augello’s legal predicament epitomizes the war on motorcycle clubs. Augello is at the center of this sordid case because of who his friends might be if all the world was a figment of Kurt Sutter’s imagination. It is not about the real Augello – the Augello who likes to make and play guitars, paint signs, ride his motorcycle and occasionally on weekends dress up like Jeremiah Johnson. It is about the “outlaw” Augello – the imaginary Augello who brags about his criminality by wearing the clothes he wears.
Motorcycle club cases are easy pickings because prosecutors only have to prove to a jury that a defendant is or was a member of an “outlaw” club to prove his guilt.
No Money Big Problem
But that is the least of it. The two most foul elements in Augello’s case are that the former Pagan is clearly, uncontrovertibly a human sacrifice and news media have eagerly embraced their role as the taunting, encircling mob.
Augello is indigent. Already a cabal of all powerful politicians and bureaucrats have stripped the man of everything he had. Augello’s lawyer, Mary Linehan, an $88,000 a year, “assistant deputy public defender 3,” appears, from the outside, to have no idea what she is doing.
The investigation into April Kauffman’s murder lingered for more than five years until a new district attorney decided to charge Augello and her former husband.
Twenty-three months after the murder, then Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said the case file included “sensitive information, including the names and statements of numerous witnesses as well as the identities of two confidential informants.” The case remained stalled for years and then was announced in a great wash of propaganda including a recent ABC News special report that included documents that had not been released to Linehan.
Propaganda is the release of specific information for a specific purpose. James Kauffman’s suicide note was released to ABC. It wasn’t released to Linehan. It was released to enhance the prosecution. Not the interests of justice.
Crime Of Talking Back
With the odds stacked against him, Augello’s only defense has been to talk back on his personal Facebook page.
There is nothing particularly inflammatory on the page. Mostly what appears there are Freddy’s personal opinions about his ordeal. But the page offends prosecutors and yesterday, a month after prosecutors discussed the case at length with ABC, a government lawyer named Seth Levy asked Judge Bernard DeLury to restrain everybody from talking about the case. It was a clear example of chutzpah – which is frequently defined as murdering your parents and then asking the court for mercy because you are an orphan. Prosecutors haven’t shut up about the case for seven months, but now, out of fairness, they want to force Augello to bite his tongue.
In Freddy’s Words
Here is what Freddy said on Facebook after the hearing:
“My courtroom appearance today was, what I would mildly consider “interesting,” at the least. For starters it seems that Mr. Tyner along with his ‘Administrator of Propaganda’ Seth Levy and Detective Sergeant Scoppa of 20/20 fame are having some major issues with my first amendment right to defend myself over this very media outlet, commonly known as Facebook.
“Possibly they should inquire about any vacancies in Raul Castro’s Cuba or ask Dennis Rodman if he could arrange a little meet and greet with TV buddy Kim, of course only if ‘The Donald’ would be okay with it.
“Gag order, yes you heard it here folks, the ACPO wants Judge DeLury to impose a gag order on me posting on Facebook, this brought to you by the people that starred in last months ABC 20/20 episode about my case including a picture of yours truly thrown in at the very end. Can you say ‘hypocritical?’ Lol hahaha, not to say anything for their use of the Atlantic City Press to ruin me and anyone that looks remotely like me for the last six months almost biweekly in their publication.
“Nevertheless, I will comply with whatever Judge DeLury’s decision is, come Monday morning, that is the time he has told the over anxious Mr. Levy that he will rule on this. Sorry Mr. Levy. Nice try on the push thru attempt today. Now I ask all my supporters not only to share this and all my posts but to take your favorites and copy and paste them also, and then in turn share. Copy and pasting will allow them to remain alive on the ‘web’ if I am forcibly censored or even removed from Facebook in entirety.
“I am imagining that Joseph Mulholland’s confessing to the FBI about his facilitation of April Kauffman’s murder was a bit too enlightening for them to handle? Especially because he and Kauffman confederate Andrew Glick of Peter Edwards interview fame have never been charged in this case for their self-confessed crimes of murder and drug distribution.”