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Attorney claims feds tried to lure Joe Montana into a sting

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Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was known for his poise on the field.  He should be now known for having keen judgment off the field.

According to Philip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle, the FBI used an undercover agent posing as a real estate investor to lure Montana into a sting.  Montana didn’t take the bait.

The claim comes from attorney James Brosnahan, the lawyer defending former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson.  Jackson and others allegedly fell victim to the efforts to trap them into wrongdoing.

“In a sting, they have real reason to believe someone is committing a crime,” Brosnahan said.  “But here they fanned out all over California to see who would talk to them about anything.”

Brosnahan’s disclosure comes as part of an obvious P.R. attack upon the government’s case against 29 total defendants, including football agent Marlon D. Sullivan.

“Who decided to take Joe to lunch and cast a cloud on Northern California’s greatest sports hero?” Brosnahan said.  “Nobody was exercising any judgment about the scope of this thing.”

Brosnahan risks a finding that he violated a court order restricting comment about the investigation.  Brosnahan contends that none of his remarks flow from evidence covered by the protective order.

Still, it’s never wise to risk being found in contempt of court.

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31 Responses to “Attorney claims feds tried to lure Joe Montana into a sting”
  1. briscocountyjr says: Jun 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    The feds doing unethical things against US citizens? Surely you jest.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 16, 2014 3:42 PM

    We believe you lawyer guy. Cops tried to dupe Joe just for the fun of it. Was a slow day down at the precinct, I guess.

  3. gixrider says: Jun 16, 2014 3:43 PM

    The agent must have been a Raiders fan. LOL!

  4. radiofriendly420 says: Jun 16, 2014 3:43 PM

    This is the equivalent of a Police speed or seat belt trap.

    Glad to see Joe sniffed it out.

    Sad to see the FBI needs to “create” criminals rather than catch ones that are already in action.

  5. babaleechen says: Jun 16, 2014 3:43 PM

    That’s why they call him “Joe Cool!” :D

  6. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jun 16, 2014 3:44 PM

    So the feds tried to lure Joe Montana of all people into a sting… is he a known conservative??

  7. fordmandalay says: Jun 16, 2014 3:44 PM

    Maybe they were trying to bust Joe Mantegna and got mixed up

  8. robert831 says: Jun 16, 2014 3:45 PM

    Same fed BS in almost every “terrorism” case.. all trying to justify the unconstitutional un-Patritot Act.

  9. simonator917 says: Jun 16, 2014 3:50 PM

    Who isn’t in contempt of anything our government does?

  10. braceyourselffor12 says: Jun 16, 2014 3:54 PM

    That picture you see is one of greatness.

  11. godofwine330 says: Jun 16, 2014 3:55 PM

    What did Chris Hansen host “To Catch an Investor.” It’s nice to see that even the feds aren’t above entrapment. Joe Montana is a White former Super Bowl MVP, so at least they are equal opportunity entrappers, but still, setting out trying to lure someone into quicksand just seems despicable to me.

    “Here. Here is this deal. You can make a lot of money.” I wonder if the person who attempted to lure Joe Cool in looked anything like Clarence Beeks from Trading Places.

  12. jjb0811 says: Jun 16, 2014 3:59 PM

    What a pathetic state. Highest taxes, senators running illegal guns, Feds setting up citizens. The list goes on & on. And the ‘shield’ wonders why no owner wants to move to LA?

  13. sonoco says: Jun 16, 2014 4:01 PM

    Nice read Joe!

  14. weepingjebus says: Jun 16, 2014 4:13 PM

    Maybe next time just leave a Lombardi trophy under a box propped up on a stick?

  15. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jun 16, 2014 4:50 PM

    Sometimes it’s very wise to risk being found in contempt of court.

  16. kirbylaw says: Jun 16, 2014 5:05 PM

    Wonder what the Feds’ side of the story will be?

  17. Getoffmylawn! says: Jun 16, 2014 5:18 PM

    jjb0811 says:
    Jun 16, 2014 3:59 PM
    What a pathetic state. Highest taxes, senators running illegal guns, Feds setting up citizens. The list goes on & on. And the ‘shield’ wonders why no owner wants to move to LA?
    ———————————
    Right, Detroit is much better suited to have a team.

  18. syrnyg says: Jun 16, 2014 5:19 PM

    I agree totally with this comment..

    “Sad to see the FBI needs to “create” criminals rather than catch ones that are already in action.”

  19. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 16, 2014 5:19 PM

    Next time you start thinking Colin Kaepernick’s a great quarterback, just take a quick look at the photo at the top of this article. That’s all it will take. One quick but potent reminder of what great really is.

  20. mousietongue says: Jun 16, 2014 5:21 PM

    They thought he was Tony Montana….

  21. gojags says: Jun 16, 2014 5:21 PM

    Why do they lure someone to make crime and catch them after they commit the crime? This is very unethical as someone pointed out. This approach has to stop.

  22. yajas says: Jun 16, 2014 5:23 PM

    I’m not buying it. This is coming from a defense attorney in an effort to sway opinion for his client.

    The anti-government types will eat this up but anyone with a brain wouldn’t form an opinion based solely on a lawyer crying about his client’s innocence.

  23. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Jun 16, 2014 5:24 PM

    i thought the federal govt was too busy letting all the illegals into the country,feeding their kids and buying them bus tickets to ‘any city in the US’.

  24. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 16, 2014 6:06 PM

    Most divorced men become very wary and protective of their finances.

    I’m sure a lot of con men and weasels have tried to part Joe from his money for years.

    He is no dummy. This in no way harms Joe’s reputation or dirties his name.

  25. winninaintsinnin says: Jun 16, 2014 6:07 PM

    Even Joe can’t separate from the cesspool that is the 49ers.

  26. maverick2560 says: Jun 16, 2014 6:22 PM

    It is a shame ….the FBI should be more focused on our gun problem.
    Instead they find time to dig up crimes. There are many young ambitious FBI agents . They team up with equally young ambitious
    U.S. Attorneys. The more famous the person indicted the more publicity they get. There is a cable documentary on the prosecution of
    Tommy Chong. His son had a bong manufacturing company and of course his Dad’s name and reputation were invaluable. Tommy had some ownership and ended up serving time in a Federal prison. He had no prior record and no prior arrests. The Feds spent millions to
    prosecute him. Another case in point is Barry Bonds. Did the fact
    Barry used PEDS effect the average U.S. Citizen? The Feds spent millions so Barry could serve 30 days house arrest. Get to work getting
    guns off the street!

  27. All-American Voltron says: Jun 16, 2014 6:57 PM

    You think you can fool the greatest criminal mastermind in the history of crime with some two-bit undercover real estate agent?

    Montana is a criminal genius and could sniff your decoy a mile away. He spent decades creating this image as a wholesome “good guy” specifically so he could continue his crime rampage all across the world.

    Better luck next time coppers! You’ll never catch Joe Montana!!!

  28. kamthechancellor says: Jun 16, 2014 6:58 PM

    When did we as American citizens start to allow the law enforcement that we pay for to entrap us? This country is so messed up now and it will never be the same. What a shame that is.

  29. abninf says: Jun 16, 2014 7:08 PM

    Fell “victim” to the efforts to trap them into wrongdoing”. Yeah, sounds like the words of a defense lawyer. More like fell stupid.

  30. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 16, 2014 10:24 PM

    You know… I pretty much live in contempt of court
    I’d have less contempt if the system wasn’t rigged against the average citizen.
    Nothing good comes from being touched by the legal system. In any way.

  31. R. Scott Freeman says: Jun 17, 2014 1:11 PM

    Joe is a very smart man and isn’t going to do business with anyone he doesn’t know. On the other hand, the Feds are a bunch of crooks. Sorry we are all paying them to treat us this way.

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