BREAKING NEWS: Judge Says New Attorney May Appear In DC Court For ASD President Andy Bowdoin

UPDATED 3:52 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) A federal judge has issued an order that permits Michael R.N. McDonnel, a Florida attorney, to appear in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of AdSurfDaily President Andy Bowdoin.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer issued the order this afternoon in response to a request by Charles A. Murray, another Bowdoin attorney.

“Michael R.N. McDonnell is hereby permitted to practice and appear before this Court on behalf of claimant Thomas A. Bowdoin in this matter,” Collyer wrote, in a minute order.

Murray asked for the order last week, in the aftermath of dramatic filings by the prosecution that claimed Bowdoin was trying to lie his way back into the civil-forfeiture case and that Murray was engaging in “fantasy.”

Prosecutors claimed Murray had filed documents at odds with affidavits filed by Bowdoin Sept. 14 and 15. On Sept. 25, prosecutors made a veiled reference to the AdViewGlobal autosurf, saying, “Maybe Bowdoin thought that before the government brought its charges he (like some of his family members) could move to another country and profit from a knock-off autosurf program that Bowdoin funded and helped to start.”

On Sept. 28, prosecutors filed a U.S. Secret Service transcript of a recording Bowdoin had made earlier in the month, calling the transcript evidence that “this con man cannot manage to keep his stories straight.”

Bowdoin has maintained in court filings that money seized in the Secret Service investigation into ASD belonged to him. In the transcript, Bowdoin said the money belonged to ASD members, putting him at odds with his own court filings.

Murray, too, had filed motions at odds with Bowdoin’s claims, prosecutors asserted.

“Mr. Murray’s apparent suggestion that Bowdoin made a mistake because he was ‘hoodwinked’ by his prior defense counsel is belied by Bowdoin’s own affidavits,” prosecutors said.

Murray, though, says Bowdoin believes in his innocence.

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8 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Judge Says New Attorney May Appear In DC Court For ASD President Andy Bowdoin”

  1. Wow, if Andy thinks he is innocent, he really is delusional.

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  2. It’s all he’s got to cling to. If he said “ya I’m guilty” then the flock of supporters would desert him (no more brownies) and he’d be in prison.

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  3. What is the reason Murray requested to have McDonnel appear for Andy.
    Is he giving up or getting sick of Andy?

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  4. Let’s make the payment processors liable (to a degree) when they don’t “know their customer”.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canadian+crooks+defrauded+millions+trade+commission/2125115/story.html

    I don’t want them to go out of business if they have legitimate operations, but I don’t want them to collect their fees and turn a blind eye ala StrictPay, AlertPay and the rest of the alleged “Ponzi processors”.

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  5. For someone who has ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY (and none hidden away)!!! Andy must be doing pretty well to be able to afford all of these attorneys. It’s amazing to see once again another new attorney. Am I the only one asking how he continues to pay for all of his legal fees? Give up and go to jail already! I bet if you add up all of the money he has thrown away in legal fees he could have returned all of the members money as well as paying the employees that he left with no salaries.
    Signed,
    “Disgusted”

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  6. I don’t know, and I could be wrong. but I remember reading that when the 93 million gets unfroze, that the first people to get paid is the defense lawyers. Patrick you want to weigh in on that?

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  7. Hi just sick of it,

    just sick of it: I don’t know, and I could be wrong. but I remember reading that when the 93 million gets unfroze, that the first people to get paid is the defense lawyers. Patrick you want to weigh in on that?

    Bowdoin himself has said he has spent more than $1 million on lawyers. The total of his legal war chest is a bit fuzzy, though. Prosecutors almost certainly believe the money Bowdoin has used to pay lawyers has come from Ponzi proceeds.

    My guess is that there was an agreement between the government and the Bowdoin side to let him spend the money, as opposed to passing the cost of Bowdoin’s legal bills to taxpayers.

    I’m not sure if anyone beyond Bowdoin and perhaps the closest members of his inner circle know exactly how much money was deposited in offshore accounts. It’s a safe bet it was at least $1 million, and perhaps multiple millions. He’d be hard-pressed to get a public defender based on those numbers.

    The prosecution always has maintained it seeks to establish a restitution fund for crime victims. Bowdoin, though, has been an impediment to the establishment of the restitution program because of his pro se filings — and now filings with the aid of two new professional attorneys.

    At the same time, the prosecution has made it clear that no one will get 100 cents on the dollar when the two forfeiture cases are resolved. It’s hard to say how much crime victims will get back.

    When receivers are involved — and no receiver is involved in the ASD case — refunds have been on the order of 15 to 30 percent.

    Patrick

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