Jen Shah’s request to dismiss her fraud case over Hulu documentary denied by federal judge
Jen shahthe legal problems will continue.
On Friday, a federal judge denied his motion to dismiss the fraud charges against her in light of Hulu’s recent documentary about her ongoing legal issues. Last week the 48-year-old The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City The star’s lawyers have filed a petition claiming the documentary is “reprehensible” and “will seriously jeopardize” his right to a fair trial.
“Dismissing an indictment is an extreme punishment that should only be used in rare cases,” Judge Sidney H. Stein wrote in an order filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and obtained by PEOPLE on Friday.
Stein said “there has been no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Shah’s right to a fair trial has been compromised or prejudiced in any respect”, adding: “An appropriate voir dire by the Prospective jurors will be able to determine if the jury pool has been tainted in any way by “the documentary.”
A lawyer for Shah did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
In March, Shah and his assistant Stuart Smith were arrested and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit electronic fraud in connection with telemarketing by which they allegedly assaulted 10 or more people over the age of 55.
The pair pleaded not guilty during an arrest in April, but at the end of November, Smith, 43, changed his guilty plea and awaits a sentencing hearing on March 3. He faces a maximum of 70 years in prison, the presiding judge said at the plea hearing.
Meanwhile, Shah has maintained his innocence.
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In the recent Hulu documentary, The Housewife and Shah Shocker, various legal experts, Bravo superfans have proclaimed, Shah’s family and friends, and alleged victims of telemarketing scams have spoken about the case.
In a November 30 filing, Shah’s attorney argued that the documentary’s interviews with two Homeland Security Investigations agents provided information about his case that was not publicly available, including also their views on ” lavish lifestyle “of” fraudsters “in an attempt to” poison the jury pool. ” “
“Their behavior destroyed any chance that Ms. Shah would have a fair trial with an impartial jury,” her lawyer said of the Hulu documentary in the previous judge’s petition.
On Friday, Justice Stein concluded that the statements by HSI officers would “not interfere with [Shah’s] fair trial or otherwise undermine the proper administration of justice.
In the recently published mid season trailer for the current season RHOSLC, Shah can be seen discussing his current case with a former enemy Marie cosby. “I pray to God that you are guilty … [I mean], you’re innocent, “Cosby accidentally says as Shah replies,” I’m innocent. “