Raymond Davis, the former CIA contractor who made national headlines when he was jailed in Pakistan in January 2011 for killing two Pakistani men he said were trying to rob him, is just weeks away from a September trial in Douglas County for a dispute over a parking space with Highlands Ranch resident Jeff Maes.
According to Maes’ attorney, Larry Klayman, the CIA is trying to prevent the case from ever seeing the light of day. The attorney says the CIA is putting pressure on the district attorney’s office to lessen the charges or work out a plea deal. The DA’s office adamantly denies there has been any contact with the CIA.
“They want to shut down the case because they don’t want any information about Raymond Davis to get out, and I think they are also worried that if they don’t run interference for him that he may squeal in terms of what he was doing over there in Pakistan and perhaps on other matters too,” Klayman said. “It could be very damaging, not just to the CIA, but to President Obama during this election.”
Klayman is under the belief that the $2.34 million in “blood money” paid to release Davis from the Pakistani jail was put up by Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Upon Davis’ release, the secretary said the U.S. government did not pay any “blood money” and it was unknown who did.
Seven months after Davis’ release, he got into an altercation with the 50-year-old Maes outside of an Einstein Brothers Bagels in Highlands Ranch. It is alleged that Davis, 37, punched Maes, knocking him to the ground and injuring Maes’ back, neck and arm.
If convicted of his current charges, Davis faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 16 years. He entered a not-guilty plea April 30.
“The issue of what his training is, in terms of martial arts, in terms of attack or self-defense, clearly is relevant in this case,” Klayman said as he raised various scenarios. “It is also relevant whether he has a predilection to violence, and the CIA would have that information in its files. It would be negligent of the prosecutor (with the DA’s office) not to have contacted them. … These issues are clearly relevant.”
Klayman is no stranger to high-profile cases. A prosecutor during the Reagan administration, he was a member of the trial team that broke up the AT&T monopoly. Klayman also founded Judicial Watch, a public-interest and nonprofit law firm that brought 18 lawsuits against the Clinton administration and unsuccessfully sued Vice President Dick Cheney in an effort to obtain information about the White House’s energy task force. Currently the head of an organization known as Freedom Watch, Klayman recently sued Facebook for $1 billion.
Defense attorney William Frankfurt, who is representing Davis, did not return calls asking for comment.
Davis’ trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 19 in the 18th Judicial District.