During her testimony, his ex-wife, Karla Espinal, who was shown to lie on a few occasions and was a cocaine addict, stated that she feared him because he had influence to the highest levels of Washington. She said that he beat her when he learned she was using cocaine, and after he was in prison, he controlled her life through his friends.
She also testified that a Chicago lawyer representing one of Jerry’s employees promised if Jerry paid him $1,000,000 he would make the original indictment disappear. The money was paid but Jerry was still tried. Another of her statements was that Jerry paid, through a lawyer, a judge in Madisonville, TN the sum of $180,000 to fix Jerry's sentence on the marijuana charge he was also facing. The state of Tennessee investigated the charge, but you’ll have to wait for the book to find out the solution.
When Jerry was arrested, Karla went to New York with a suitcase filled with money to hire F. Lee Bailey. Money was everywhere. When he was arrested, she said he had $7 million on his yacht. She said he gave her $90,000 to arrange for the killing of Terry Cornell, Jr, who was to testify against him. And when he decided to plead guilty, she said he told her to spare Cornell but kill his mother instead, so he would have to live with that. She was murdered the night before he was scheduled for trial. Karla said she paid a Colombian to have it done. Of course, she might well have been lying about this, and in fact Jerry was not convicted of the murder, so I only point this out to show a little about what was going on at that time.
It is obvious from reading the transcripts that Karla would do and say anything to help her cause, as would many of the other defendants. But make no mistake about it; had she kept her mouth shut, Jerry LeQuire would have been out of prison a long time ago. And to this day, there are many who cringe at the mere mention of her name.