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An attorney for a Colorado minister allegedly attacked and injured by an ex-CIA operative who was ransomed from Pakistan after he was accused of shooting and killing two Pakistanis says he’s concerned a felony charge against the defendant may be reduced.
Larry Klayman, who made a name for himself as founder of Judicial Watch as well as Freedom Watch, has sued Bill and Hillary Clinton, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez in the past.
Last winter he filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado minister who allegedly was attacked and beaten by ex-CIA operative Raymond Allen Davis. Davis was served with notice of the action at the courthouse in Colorado where he was attending a preliminary hearing on the criminal charges.
The lawsuit over injuries that included a broken vertebrae seeks unspecified damages.
At the time, County Judge Susanna Weissman-Cutler ruled there is enough evidence to hold a trial on a felony assault charge that was brought against Davis.
But Klayman has confirmed to WND that he was told by Doug Bechtel, an assistant to Douglas County District Attorney Carol Chambers, that the office seriously was considering downgrading the second-degree felony against Davis.
Jeffrey Maes was attacked in a parking lot in suburban Denver last year, and sustained serious injuries to his neck and back. It happened only months after Davis was on the international stage.
Davis became the subject of an international confrontation between Pakistan and the U.S. after he was arrested there and accused of executing two Pakistanis in Karachi.
To obtain Davis’ release and remove him from the clutches of Pakistani law enforcement authorities, Klayman said, Barack Obama orchestrated payment of about $2 million in “blood money” to victims’ families.
In a statement to WND today, Klayman said, “it now appears the CIA has unlawfully intervened and pressured DA Chambers to downgrade the felony charges, despite the serious bodily injuries to Jeff Maes.”
This is not coincidental, particularly since the Obama administration recently signed an agreement with Pakistan to restore normal relations, Klayman said.
“In exchange, billions of dollars of foreign aid will again flow to the Muslim nation who hid Osama bin Laden for nearly a decade,” he said.
“DA Chambers has hard evidence from Maes’ physicians that his serious injuries were caused by Davis’ attack. Now the prosecutor conveniently says, after she indicted Davis for a felony, that the injuries are degenerative,” Klayman said.
“This ‘change of heart’ can only be the result of political pressure,” he said.
Officials with the Douglas County, Colo., prosecutor’s office said they were not allowed by law to comment on any possible changes in the charges in the case.
The complaint explains that Maes is a Christian minister and he and his wife and children, ages 6 and 8, on Oct. 1, 2011, had gone to a neighborhood shopping area to patronize an Einstein Bagels store.
As the shopping area parking lot was full, he circled, then waited when he saw a driver preparing to leave. When the car left, he pulled into the slot, the complaint notes.
But the defendant, Davis, had arrived while the Maes family was waiting for the slot to open, and apparently intended to pull into the opening himself. The complaint alleges he erupted in anger when he was not able to beat the Maes family there.
“While plaintiff Maes was getting out of his car, defendant rolled down his window and began shouting at plaintiff Maes, yelling that Maes was supposed to take the illegal spot ahead of him. Maes attempted to explain that the spot defendant was referring to was, in fact, an illegal parking spot.
“Defendant got out of the car, approached plaintiff Maes, and, in a threatening manner, continued to aggressively shout at Maes. At this point, plaintiffs’ wife and children had also gotten out of the vehicle,” the complaint alleges.
It said when Maes stated that an argument over a parking spot was stupid, “defendant responded, ‘What did you say?’ When Maes repeated when he had said, defendant violently punched Maes in the face and head, causing Maes to fall forcibly flat on his back. Maes’ wife and children helplessly looked on, as his two young children, frightened, began crying and screaming.”
Police officers who were summoned eventually arrested Davis, and he was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and other counts.
The civil action seeks damages for assault, battery, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress and asks for “actual damages, punitive damages and special damages, including but not limited to pain and suffering, medical bills and related cots of treatment, lost work time and income, emotional and mental distress, loss of consortium, loss of society and companionship, in an amount to be determined at trial…”
Klayman is a former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor who is the only lawyer ever to have obtained a court ruling that a U.S. president committed a crime.