Ken Kurson, a confidant of President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law and senior White Home adviser Jared Kushner, is in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors who final month charged him with cyberstalking three individuals, a court docket submitting Friday indicated.
In a joint submitting by the political guide Kurson, his lawyer, and prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, federal court docket, the events cited these plea talks as they requested a choose to increase the deadline for the submitting of both an indictment or one other kind of charging doc sometimes used when a defendant has agreed to plead responsible.
“They’re engaged in plea negotiations, which they imagine are more likely to lead to a disposition of this case with out trial,” the submitting mentioned.
Nevertheless, it’s attainable that the case could possibly be resolved with no responsible plea by Kurson, who’s free on $100,000 bond, both as a result of he opts to go to trial, or as a result of he can be allowed to take part in a pretrial diversion program, resembling anger administration.
U.S. Justice of the Peace Choose Ramon Reyes agreed to the request, which extends the submitting deadline from Dec. Four to Feb. 4.
Marc Mukasey, Kurson’s protection lawyer, declined to remark, as did John Marzulli, a spokesman for the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Japanese District of New York.
Kurson, who was editor of the New York Observer newspaper when Kushner owned it, is accused of repeatedly visiting his victims at work, making false complaints with their employers and “malicious cyber exercise.”
Whereas he was editor, Kurson suggested the then-presidential candidate Trump for a speech that he delivered to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2016. Kurson later sat within the Trump household field on the Republican Nationwide Conference that yr.
Extra not too long ago, he based a information web site, Trendy Consensus, which focuses on cryptocurrency and blockchain expertise. He additionally serves on the board of the cryptocurrency firm Ripple.
The Maplewood, New Jersey, resident, was arrested on a legal criticism in October, two years after he withdrew his title from consideration for a Trump administration appointment to the board of the Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities.
The New York Instances reported in July 2018 that two medical doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York accused Kurson of harassment and that the FBI was notified about their claims because the company carried out a background verify of Kurson for the board seat. The background verify led on to the legal criticism towards him.
The criticism says Kurson blamed one sufferer, with whom he had been associates for greater than twenty years, “for the dissolution of his marriage.”
The second sufferer was a co-worker and supervisor of the primary sufferer. The third sufferer was married to the second sufferer and labored for a information publication, the criticism says.
The criticism additionally says FBI brokers discovered proof that between September 2015 and December 2015, Kurson accessed the e-mail and social media accounts of two of the victims with out their information and put in keystroke logging spy ware on one sufferer’s pc.
There was additionally proof that Kurson contacted victims’ employers to make claims that embrace a “false allegation of improper contact with a minor,” in keeping with the criticism.
He used the aliases “Jayden Wagner” and “Eddie Practice” in making the false claims, the criticism mentioned.
It additionally mentioned that in his 2018 questionnaire for a background verify by the FBI for his would-be board appointment, “Kurson made a number of false statements and misrepresentations, together with falsely certifying that he had by no means used every other names or aliases.” It’s a federal crime to lie on such a questionnaire.
On the time of Kurson’s arrest, his lawyer Mukasey mentioned, “Ken Kurson is an honorable man, a loving dad, and an excellent author. This case is hardly the stuff of a federal legal prosecution.”
“He’ll get previous it,” Mukasey mentioned.