Are Manhattan prosecutors engaged in political persecution on behalf of the CCP by improperly denying bail to Guo Wengui/Miles Guo and Wang Yanping/Yvette Wang?
Imagine being indicted for a crime with no victim. For the sake of illustration, let’s say you’ve been arrested for shoplifting…but then the shop owner denies you stole anything. In fact, the owner organizes protests demanding your release.
But the prosecution sends law enforcement to your home, who then ransacks it looking for “evidence” to fit the allegations. While they are there, your house “mysteriously” catches fire and burns, possibly destroying exculpatory evidence in the process.
Now imagine that they gain access to every financial account you have and seize all your assets and property. Then they go to the judge and claim that, because you have a good deal of money in your accounts, you own a nice car, house and even a boat, that this is clearly evidence that you’ve funded these things through shoplifting because ‘how else would you have the money for these things?’
Never mind that you’ve been a successful entrepreneur for years, and you purchased these assets years prior to the alleged shoplifting—and that since the store owner denies you’ve stolen anything, this is a victimless “crime.”
You’re presumed guilty and treated like a criminal.
Furthermore, the prosecutors “feel like” you may try to flee to avoid court proceedings, so you’re detained in prison indefinitely. Without explanation, they file a motion denying you your constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial.
Would you call this justice?
Neither do thousands of “shop owners…” well—in the case of anti-CCP whistleblowers, Guo Wengui (AKA Miles Guo) and Yvette Wang—investors. The so-called “victims” of the crime claimed in a Southern District of New York (SDNY) not only deny he’s stolen or mismanaged their investment funds, but they have also been zealously protesting the contrived charges!
So, where is the crime if there are no victims? As the “Wolves and Finance” show documents after rigorous research in his episode, Is Miles Guo Innocent, Zach De Gregorio says,
“I started looking…I did a test on Twitter…I received a flood of messages from investors—a lot! But these investors were not angry with Miles Guo, they were telling me that Miles Guo was innocent, and they were begging for the US government to stop oppressing them.”
By contrast, De Gregorio points out that every time he posts about the very similar FTX indictment on Twitter, he gets “a stream of angry responses.”
Despite the fact that this is a victimless, unsubstantiated allegation where the defendant is entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, both Miles Guo and Yvette Wang are sitting in prison, denied bail, which causes a number of “cruel and unusual” conditions upon them.
“The stunning growth of the pretrial population has occurred despite U.S. Supreme Court case law declaring that detaining people in jail before trial—known as “pretrial detention”—should be the “carefully limited exception” and liberty “the norm,” asserts an April, 2019 Vera Institute of Justice Evidence Brief, Justice Denied: The Harmful and Lasting Effects of Pretrial Detention.
Unfortunately, Guo and Wang’s situation is symptomatic of a growing trend that must be investigated by US Lawmakers against the out-of-control US Department of Justice (DOJ) and court system.
“Since 1970, the number of people who are detained while awaiting trial—the “pretrial population”—has increased more than fivefold: from 82,922 people in 1970 to 441,790 in 2015.1” according to Vera. “While the pretrial population comprised about half of people in jail prior to the early 1990s, it now accounts for approximately two-thirds of people in jail nationwide.”
“Pretrial detention has far-reaching negative consequences, reads the report. “This brief presents information on the way that pretrial detention is currently used and summarizes research on its impacts. These studies:
- Call into question whether pretrial detention improves court appearance rates;
- Suggest that people who are detained are more likely to be convicted and to receive harsher sentences—due largely to missing dismissal, diversion, and plea-bargaining opportunities that pretrial release provides; and
- Indicate that even short periods of detention may make people more likely to become involved with the criminal justice system again in the future.”
The fact that the DOJ and SDNY have applied a different standard two these two “people of color” (non-white) than they have to white defendants like Sam Bankman-Fried lends credence to the conclusion that, “Bail practices may perpetuate racial disparities too: a number of studies have found that people of color who are charged with the same offenses and who have similar histories of criminal justice involvement as white people are more likely to be detained pretrial and have bail set in higher amounts.”
Indeed, there is clear evidence of racial discrimination, as one of the justifications prosecutors submitted to the court include Guo’s Chinese ethnicity cited: “denial of pretrial release” because Guo is a “Chinese-national defendant.” The implied rationale is that Guo may be tied to the CCP, but it’s an established fact that he is the #1 enemy and vocal critic of the CCP, residing in the US as an asylum seeker.
Guo now awaits a decision from a recent bail hearing before Judge Analisa Torres. His lawyer soundly denies his client is a flight risk, citing the fact that all of Guo’s passports have expired (and the DOJ has them in their possession anyway) and—with the CCP desperate to extradite him back to China—the safest place is (or should be) where he’s currently seeking asylum here in America.
Guo’s attorney pointed out in the hearing that his client has been involved in over 70 court cases yet never missed a hearing. Under that kind of persecution from the US government, why hasn’t he already fled? Because he’s always intended to fight these fraudulent charges and believes he will prevail. Additionally, because Mr. Guo is constantly monitored and pursued by the CCP, he’s followed the advice of security professionals to maintain his privacy. The DOJ uses this fact as “proof” that he’s a “criminal mastermind” trying to evade the US government—the same government he’s trusted to protect him from the CCP!
Add the outrageous detention of Miles Guo and Yvette Wang to the long and growing list of DOJ abuses, and then by all means, contact your lawmakers and insist these two be granted reasonable bail as is their right.
Kelly John Walker is an American statesman, writer, branding professional, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of FreedomTalk, host of FreedomTalk TV, and a freelance writer.