As reported earlier by The Gateway Pundit, the Jeremy Brown Trial taking place at the Middle District Court in Tampa, FL is controversial at best.
The attorney for Jeremy Brown, Mr. Richard Futerman, alleged on Wednesday that the FBI “planted” evidence in this case during his opening statements.
The accusation is understandable when the chain of custody and documentation of evidence presented at the trial is so atrocious.
The military grade M67 grenades found in Brown’s RV during the raid can only be tracked by lot number and where they’ve been, not the dates that they were there.
They also found human hair, dog hair, and textile fibers stuck to the tape on the grenades that had allegedly been in Brown’s possession for months, since Jan. 6, 2021, but none of the hairs or fibers matched Brown, Brown’s dog, or the carpet samples taken from his RV nor his girlfriend’s home.
The DNA found on the tape of one of the grenades was of two males but neither of the samples belonged to Jeremy Brown.
Brown maintains that the two illegal firearms are, in fact, his (more on that Friday) but the plate carrier (body armor) and grenades were planted.
The other remaining charges levied against Brown involve the possession of classified materials, most of which are contained on a compact disc (CD) that was “found” in his RV back in September 2021.
The only picture of the CD from that day was a tiny peek at the corner of the blue CD case sticking out from underneath a pile of other papers and folders. The total area of the corner that you can see may be the width of half of a credit card. You cannot in any way identify it as a CD case.
In fact, FBI Staff Operation Specialist Elyssa Gonzalez testified that she doesn’t recall the CD in the RV at all. One of her duties was to log all of the pictures that day as she was “attached at the hip” with the FBI photographer. The defense showed a log of the evidentiary pictures from that day. The CD was not on the list, according to Gonzalez. You’d think a trained FBI specialist would remember a CD (in 2022) with big red “CLASSIFIED” tape on the cover.
The only time that Gonzalez was not documenting evidence was when the FBI handed the evidentiary camera to Detective Charles George of Tampa PD who worked to secure the grenades for over 2 hours.
Also worth noting: the FBI’s photographer passed her camera off to another agent in, Agent Mund, in order to console Jeremy Brown’s girlfriend, since a female agent normally does that with a female on the scene.
A full picture of the CD with the red “Classified” label on it did not emerge until long after the joint task force militaristic raid on Jeremy Brown’s house stemming from misdemeanor charges was long past. The controversial photo’s date is unknown: it’s the only photo shown to the jury that didn’t have a time stamp on it. It was also on a table that, according to testimony, is inconsistent with any table in Jeremy Brown’s RV.
A request to forensically examine the CD was not submitted until August of 2022, almost a full year after the raid. Imaging and analysis was initiated on September 12, 2022 and performed by FBI Agent Mike Klubok, which the date and initials are now written on the CD itself and signed by Agent Klubok.
The CD was apparently never checked for fingerprints or DNA.
We also found that the classified information contained on the CD was the subject of an October 2017 investigation by Air Force Special Investigator Andrew Koundourakis. This investigation somehow stemmed from a story at a funeral about the Bowe Bergdahl rescue mission, which was the subject of some of the CD’s documents, though that story was unclear during testimony after the prosecution objected.
Brown agreed to allow Koundourakis to search his trailer on the property with all of his military gear, but would not voluntarily allow him to search his home. Koundourakis did not follow up on the investigation.
The FBI has no chain of custody or even record of this CD being in Brown’s possession. The camera used to document the evidence had been handed off to no less than three individuals on the day of the raid, one of whom is not an FBI or federal agent or an expert in documenting evidence. The only existing photo of the CD emerged on top of a table that is not in Brown’s RV (it is admitted that the photo was not taken at Brown’s property) and without an official date and timestamp. The CD was never checked for prints or DNA. And the urgency of the files contained on the CD were so important that the forensic imaging and analysis wasn’t initiated until a full year after the initial raid.
How is this trial a fair trial?
More to come tomorrow as Jeremy Brown takes the stand in his own honor and defense!