CHICAGO (WLS) — On Monday, lawyers for Mia and Olivia Flores will plead before a federal judge in Chicago that they had immunity from prosecution, saying it was part of the deal their notorious twin husbands made to turn on El Chapo.
They are the husband of Pedro and Margarito Flores, twin brothers who were El Chapo’s top aides in Chicago and beyond.
“They’re not likely to win because those kinds of efforts rarely win. There’s no written promise of immunity, there’s nothing they can point to that demonstrates immunity, no documentation. It makes for an uphill battle for them, but the judge is obviously taking this very seriously. There’s plenty of time and it’s possible they could win. It’s just not likely.” said ABC7 legal analyst Gil Soffer.
The Flores brothers, who oversaw the Sinaloa Cartel‘s million-dollar illicit drug operation believed to be responsible for 80% of the city’s fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, have been sentenced to 14 years in prison even with their cooperation.
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Their wives are accused of laundering drug money despite, they say, an unwritten promise from prosecutors not to charge them with crimes after giving up millions of dollars in drug profits. Soffer tells I-Team that immunity fights rarely result in a case being thrown out.
“It was just over a year ago that we saw the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturn Bill Cosby’s conviction on the grounds that he had been promised immunity not in writing, not in no type of document they could have found. So that doesn’t mean the judge can’t throw it out,” Soffer said.
ABC7’s Chuck Goudie asked Soffer if there were any other options the judge would have in a case like this.
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“The way the motion is set up, it’s really an all or nothing proposition. Either they were promised immunity, in which case this indictment should be dismissed, or they weren’t promised immunity. , in which case the indictment survives. There’s not that many different ways to cut it,” Soffer said.
Olivia Flores’ lawyer told I-Team he remains “shocked” that the government is “persisting with these accusations.”
“It is clear from the testimony at the hearing that these families put themselves in real danger to help the government and believed that certain promises had been made,” said attorney Michael F. Clancy.
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