The munificent opera donor Alberto Vilar is expected to walk free from jail in the next few days. The Appeals Court has instructed district court judge Richard Sullivan to set bail conditions, which are likely to be tough.
But Vilar’s attorneys won all the arguments against the government’s case to keep him in jail and the case against him is looking shakier by the day.
Expect to see Albert back at the Met before long. Expect Valery Gergiev to utter whoops of joy. He is the only one of Vilar’s opera friends who stuck by him through this process. Others, like Placido Domingo and Michael Kaiser who drew millions in Vilar donations, have been conspicuously silent.
Here’s the official order:
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
At a stated term of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, held
at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, in the City of New York,
on the 2nd day of October, two thousand twelve,
Jon O. Newman,
Josè A. Cabranes,
Chester J. Straub,
United States of America,
Alberto Vilar and Gary Alan Tanaka 10-4639-cr(CON)
The motion for bail pending appeal is GRANTED and the case is REMANDED to the District
Court for consideration and entry of a bail order setting appropriate conditions. For this limited purpose,
the mandate shall issue forthwith.
For the Court:
Catherine O’Hagan Wolfe
Clerk of Court
CERTIFIED COPY ISSUED ON 10/02/2012
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