The steaming text messages between the lawyer of El Chapo and the "Vegan Bernie Madoff & # 39; can cause far more problems than just an angry woman.
Jeffrey Lichtman may not be able to visit his own client in prison after discussing El Chapo in texts with former restaurateur Sarma Melngailis.
& # 39; Is it bad that I rent a belly dancer to be Chapo's daily visitor ?, then read a text that Lichtman sent to Melngailis on March 16, 2017.
In another text, Lichtman said that he knew that a belly dancer was rather sloppy & # 39; would be, but he felt bad for the drug queen because he & # 39; no pretty women who visit him.
Now a former federal prosecutor thinks that the Brooklyn Attorney Office can start an investigation into the texts of Lichtman.
Defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman may not be able to visit El Chapo in jail after discussing El Chapo in texts with former restaurateur Sarma Melngailis
Sarma Melngailis reportedly had an affair with Lichtman for 15 months while he was her lawyer
& # 39; Given the situation … it is something I am sure they will investigate and investigate as thoroughly as possible & # 39 ;, said the former prosecutor against the New York Post.
An experienced federal defense lawyer said that it could probably also become the Federal Office of Prisons.
& # 39; When he lets someone visit lawyers, pretends to be a paralegal or a lawyer to flirt with a client, [Bureau of Prisons] should undoubtedly investigate this, "she added.
When he talks about Chapo in text messages with that woman, who knows what he says to other people? & # 39;
Both the advocate of the defense and the former prosecutor believe that the judge can bring in Lichtman for private interrogation under oath before the trial is resumed on Monday.
It would not be the first time that El Chapo's team had problems with Judge Brian Cogan.
Last month, Cogan banned two members of the defense team from bringing mobile phones to justice for one year after prosecutors claimed they were using the phones to help El Chapo secretly text his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro & # 39; and.
Melngailis, together with Lichtman in a Brooklyn court in June 2017, rose to popularity when her two vegan restaurants in Manhattan – Lucky Duck restaurant and Pure Food & Wine – foodie sensations were launched in the city
The 46-year-old did just a little more than three months behind the bars in a love agreement
Lichtman & # 39; s potential legal problems come only a day after his texts have been leaked to Melngailis online.
In explosive reports, the New York Post revealed that the alleged filthy affair between the dishonest chef and her drug chief lawyer took place between February 2017 and May 2018.
Melngailis, 46, rose to popularity when her two vegan restaurants in Manhattan – the Lucky Duck restaurant and Pure Food & Wine – became foodie sensations in the city.
She received more than three months in prison in 2017 after she confessed that she had stolen more than $ 1 million from her former employees and investors.
Lichtman, 53, who is married to children, has given her the sweetheart deal & # 39; given when he dealt with El Chapo & # 39; s case.
Only two days after she had pleaded guilty for large crimes, criminal tax fraud and fraud-related rules, Lichtman sent his client a text based on sex.
& # 39; Do you want to belong to me? Is it okay if I just use your body on some days so that I can do it [orgasm]? & # 39; He wrote.
In one text, Lichtman told Melngailis that he knew that a belly dancer was rather sloppy & # 39; would be, but he felt bad for the drug queen because he & # 39; no pretty women who visit him. Pictured is El Chapo & # 39; s wife Emma Cornoel Aispuro
Now a former federal prosecutor thinks that the Brooklyn Attorney Office can start an investigation into the texts of Lichtman. He is shown here outside the Federal Court of Brooklyn in 2017
On 18 March 2017, Lichtman sent a text message to Melngailis: "You look so beautiful in that photo that I would like to pollute you. Is it bad that I think of some disgusting thoughts about you? & # 39;
Is it bad that I'm glad you're thinking? & # 39; Melngailis answered.
Less than 10 days later Lichtman told his client: & # 39; We have to do this quickly, & # 39; and ask: & # 39; Would you still be able to keep me as your lawyer if I let you down? & # 39;
& # 39; I think so, & # 39; Melngailis reacted.
& # 39; Let's wait until after that time, # wrote Lichtman.
& # 39; I'm not against that before, & # 39; she shot back.
On 2 May, a few days before Melngailis' plea agreement came, Lichtman sent her a text message with a reference to a previous dispute.
& # 39; I loved being in you & # 39 ;, he wrote.
Melngailis answered, & # 39; And see how you succeeded: I did not kill all the praying mantis and then eat you. Because that would only have been self-destructive. & # 39;
& # 39; You felt perfect. As if it fits perfectly. Do you want that again, "he wrote days later.
& # 39; Yes, I do, & # 39; replied Melngailis.
An experienced federal defense lawyer said it is likely that the Federal Bureau of Prisons could also become involved because of the texts of Lichtman
The day before her plea agreement, the texts continued when Lichtman told his client that he wanted to have sex with her while she was on her nightly Ambien.
& # 39; There I am, & # 39; Melngailis said. They make me a little rag dollish. & # 39;
& # 39; Perfect, & # 39; he replied.
Lichtman later told Melngailis that he for her at the & # 39; swoonen & # 39; was when they were in court together.
& # 39; I even wanted to touch you, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; I love it when you say something like that. Because it is often difficult to tell behind your grumpy façade. That's romantic, "she wrote back.
I wish you felt my shoulder rubbing against yours … I must eat you, & # 39; continued Lichtman.
In a May exchange, Melngailis informed Lichtman that she had not told anyone about their case.
& # 39; I expected you to keep this between us, & # 39; he replied. & # 39; Look. You know how important you are to me. & # 39;
According to the Post Melngailis did not ask Litchman if he was married until after they had had sex.
& # 39; Separated since December & # 39 ;, he told her in a text of May 19, 2017.
The leak also revealed messages between Melngailis and the shameful comedian Louis CK after a sexual encounter in 2012. The couple exchanged squirrels about how she believed he might have given her an STD
The wife of Lichtman later revealed that they had never been divorced and that she did not know the case.
Lichtman has said in a statement that his affair with Melngailis is a very personal matter & # 39; is he & # 39; is going to try to tackle privately & # 39 ;.
& # 39; My life and behavior were not always perfect – as I think we can all say – but I am proud of my legal work in this case and on behalf of all the clients I have represented over the past 28 years, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; My personal feelings have never affected my professional work or the results I have achieved. & # 39;
In the meantime Melngailis claimed that someone & # 39; had approached her devices in a punishable way & # 39; and "copies made from existing and removed materials."
& # 39; I immediately filed a police report and asked for protection, which was violated & # 39 ;, she added.
I am personally hurt that this person who wants to hurt me has done so successfully, and worse in the form of this collateral damage to Jeffrey. & # 39;
Besides messages about their affair sms in Lichtman, Melngailis also talks about her former lawyer, Sheila Tendy.
He claimed that Tendy was obsessed with sexual abuse, Melngailis said: "That's why I did not look at her when she sat on the couch next to her. I did not want to be accused of rape & # 39 ;.
The leak also revealed messages between Melngailis and the shameful comedian Louis CK after a sexual encounter in 2012. The couple exchanged squirrels about how she believed he might have given her an STD.