A federal judge has thrown out an indictment against a Colombian accountant accused of participating in a money laundering conspiracy involving a drug kingpin.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke said Friday Gloria Florez Velez's right to a speedy trial was violated when she wasn't informed of a sealed 2005 indictment until 2007.
Velez, prominent Miami attorney Ben Kuehne and a Colombian lawyer were accused of wrongfully clearing funds for a former Medellin cartel leader's defense bills despite knowing they came
from illegal drug sales.
Federal officials are appealing an earlier dismissal of a central charge against Kuehne. He is most famous for representing Al Gore in the 2000 Florida recount.
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