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Court rules that MLB can depose Yuri Sucart in its pointless lawsuit

Dec 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Major League Baseball sought to depose Alex Rodriguez‘s cousin Yuri Sucart in the lawsuit it filed against Biogenesis and lots of other folks. That is, the lawsuit which gave Major League Baseball the handle with which to turn Anthony Bosch and others as it pursued Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other ballplayers. Over the summer Sucart filed a writ with a Florida appellate court challenging the validity of the lawsuit and seeking an order preventing the deposition from taking place. That effort was denied and he filed an appeal with Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal. He lost that appeal today, so that’s pretty much the end of the road in his effort. MLB can now take his deposition.

Of course, why they’d even want to take his deposition now is an open question. The MLBPA and all of the accused players with the exception of Alex Rodriguez got on board with baseball’s Biogenesis investigation, accepting their punishment. With respect to Rodriguez, the evidence Major League Baseball used against him was obtained months ago and the arbitration is now closed. Making Sucart sit for a deposition seems rather pointless, as does the enitre lawsuit.

My guess: MLB is trying to lay the groundwork for the future. For the next time it wants to use the court system to coerce cooperation from people over which it doesn’t have authority. To vindicate, as much as possible, a legal theory that I and many others to be profoundly troublesome and legally unsound but which, for some reason, the Florida courts have gone along with for months. So MLB can say later “we did it once, we’ll do it again.”

But hey, what’s a little pointless waste of the legal system between friends?

  1. pisano - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Gee, you don’t think he’ll try to cover for Arod, do ya?

  2. Old Gator - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I never talk about the American legal system with my foreign friends. If I want to make them laugh, it’s easier and less humiliating to expose myself.

    • paperlions - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      How is the American system functionally different than most other systems? If you have money or power, they system “works” for you. Like every where else, we don’t have a system of justice, we have a system of laws, and rarely do the two concepts converge.

      • Old Gator - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        You’re talking about reality. I’m talking about perceptions.

      • paperlions - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Oh. Yeah, that is pretty funny or sad or pathetic or all 3.

      • gibbyfan - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        A lot of truth to that but not by any means absolute.
        AROD would certainly be included as ‘ having money’ …… the system working for him?

      • paperlions - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        He doesn’t have as much money or any of the power that the other side has.

    • anxovies - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      And your British friends are too busy laughing at the 17th Century wigs required by their own system, anyway. However, I agree that the Italian courts and the North Korean tribunals are no laughing matter, just ask Amanda Knox and Merrill Newman.

      • Old Gator - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        After seeing some of the Brylcreem black plastic headpieces on some of the lawyers hanging around the Macondo county courthouse, I suspect that we’d find those wigs a relief.

        But yeah, after watching that ridiculous Italian court in steady-state malfunction in the Knox case, it was almost a relief to see another legal system that was more screwed up than ours was. At least we have a ban on double jeopardy. What a sick joke.

        No American in their right mind ought to be traveling in North Korea. Anytime.

      • bigharold - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        “No American in their right mind ought to be traveling in North Korea.”

        So I guess it’s a go for Dennis Rodman?

      • Old Gator - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Dennis Rodman is the very definition of “useful idiot.”

      • bigharold - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        Rodman’s “usefulness” expired the moment he stopped rebounding in the NBA.

        Since then he’s just been an “idiot”.

  3. nymets4ever - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    when you gotta be a lawyer to understand what’s going on with the Yankees and a CPA to understand what’s going on with the Mets, it’s sad for New York baseball.

  4. plmathfoto - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Ok, not that I’m a legal expert like you are Craig, but if they get this from him doesn’t it help with A Roid’s proposed federal lawsuit or whatever against mlb later if that happens?

    • bh192012 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Also, depending on what he says, it could help MLB go after other players they’ve been holding off on, or are trying to build cases for. ARod is not just a single player using PEDs personally, he appears to be a hub or distribution point for this stuff.

      • anxovies - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        You are saying that ARod is the Carlos Escobar of PEDs? Where do you get that information?

    • Kevin S. - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      That’s exactly the problem – they’re using a bogus lawsuit to gain depositions, evidence, etc. for matters not related to said lawsuit. That’s an abuse of the system.

      • plmathfoto - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        So abusing the system is not ok doing that, but perfectly ok for someone that’s guiltier than syn to claim not guilty and/or admit nothing etc? Tend to doubt that’s what Craig’s claiming

      • Kevin S. - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        These… aren’t comparable. To the best of my knowledge, A-Rod has not abused the legal system in any way remotely comparable to MLB’s sham lawsuit. Also, to the best of my knowledge, A-Rod has not been accused of any crime other than personal drug use, a victimless crime that pales in comparison to MLB allegedly buying stolen documents, perhaps suborning the the theft of bsaid documents, and interfering in a state investigation by obtaining said documents after being told to leave them alone.

  5. losangelesfan - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I bet Bud sits and looks at a portrait of Kennisaw Mountain Landis and yearns for the good old days. ‘You’d just kick him out of baseball, wouldn’t you? It doesn’t matter what the courts said. Total autonomy. Sigh…’

  6. lirianod - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Can’t Yuri just plead the 5th when he’s questioned by MLB?

    • bigharold - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Can’t take the 5th in a civil case, you are compelled to answer.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        But if the answer is admission to a crime, how can you be compelled to give that? I don’t think being deposed in a civil suit grants one immunity from prosecution.

      • righthandofjustice - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        LOL. MLB has absolutely no success getting anybody to answer all those random and meaningless questions not pertaining to the case because they are not compelled to answer.

  7. righthandofjustice - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    “MLB is trying to lay the groundwork for the future. For the next time it wants to use the court system to coerce cooperation from people over which it doesn’t have authority.”

    Sure, this is what MLB hoped to achieve but they did not have any success getting anybody they subpoenaed and deposited to cooperate with them. The lone exception was Tony Bosch but of course, not after he reportedly claimed $1.8 million cash in security and legal allowances from MLB, with a rumored $5 million in future installments in the pipeline.

    MLB is given the rights to ask the court for help when they need to subpoena witnesses and evidence but they are just making wild guesses. They don’t have law enforcement authority and access to confidential records. They know they won’t get anywhere with people outside the CBA. They are trying to subpoena everybody they can think of, just to appear they are busy combating PED.

    “… so that’s pretty much the end of the road in his effort. MLB can now take his deposition.”

    A-Rod’s hearing is over. Most people think his cousin will probably just let MLB question him while he keeps his mouth shut like all the other people MLB summoned. However, that’s not what his lawyer said:

    “I don’t agree with the ruling,” Jeffrey Sonn, Sucart’s attorney, said in a telephone interview. “We’re likely going to take this to the Florida Supreme Court for review. This is far from over.”

    Maybe he is really trying to give it a shot to end the authority given to MLB to subpoena people not bound by the CBA once and for all.

  8. spc7ray - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Lets be straight-I do not like Arod–He should be kicked out of Baseball–That said He should win because the owners are the worst!-They knew what they were getting with Arod-Now Selig and the rest are trying to make him the bad guy when they are just as guilty–They should have to pay all of his contract period! Make some kind of deal–But that wont happen–Its way too fair to the Game! 2nd best thing to happen–Let Arod win and keep playing and the owners pay everything! Maybe next time EVERYBODY will be more careful! Make the penalties harder for everyone!

  9. sabatimus - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    What’s this? The Florida court system being moronic? Never.

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