Silicon Valley Business Rule No. 37: Don't haggle with a hitman

If Amr Mohsen’s business decisions were as stupid as his legal ones are alleged to be, the valley will likely be better off without him. Today Mohsen, founder of San Jose electronics firm Aptix, will find himself in a San Francisco courtroom where he is to be tried for allegedly soliciting the murder of the judge presiding over his perjury case. According to an FBI agent’s affidavit, Mohsen, while awaiting trial on federal perjury charges stemming from a nasty patent case, told a government informant he wanted a “funeral” for U.S. District Judge William Alsup and that if the judge were gone, “everything will go my way.” When told it would cost $25,000 to make the judge “disappear,” Mohsen, court papers say, replied: “That’s very high. … I heard it’s more like 10.” Mohsen, who was on the verge of a plea deal to resolve the perjury charges earlier this year, faces decades in prison if convicted of these allegations.


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