Appeals court reverses sports agent's conviction
By GREG BLUESTEIN
ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court has reversed some of the convictions
against a professional sports agent who was sentenced to prison for
smuggling five Cuban baseball players into the U.S.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed Gustavo "Gus"
Dominguez's conviction on charges of transporting and harboring aliens.
But the three-judge panel's decision let stand his convictions on
Dominguez was sentenced to five years in prison after he was convicted
in April 2007 of paying the players to be smuggled by boat from Cuba in
2004. His attorneys said he was dedicated to helping oppressed Cuban
athletes, but prosecutors said he went too far.
Defense attorney Ben Kuehne said Dominguez, who was released from prison
this year for good behavior, is thrilled with the decision.