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In SDNY Vizzari Is Freed Due To Coronavirus But Ordered To Get An iPhone For Monitoring

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 18 -- Gino Vizzari has his sentencing on drug charges postponed on March 17 before Judge Vernon S. Broderick of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

 But that meant he would remain in the Metropolitan Corrections Center, amid Coronavirus, with a diagnosis of emphysema and COPD.

His lawyer Deborah Colson, citing a Coronavirus bail grant earlier in the week by SDNY Judge Alison Nathan, reported by Inner City Press, asked Judge Broderick for a bond hearing.  

 On March 20, Judge Broderick ordered that Vizzari should be freed to a Single Room Occupancy housing unit supplied by HASA. 

  In a becoming standard condition for Coronavirus release in the SDNY, Vizzara was ordered to "obtain a phone with [F]acetime capabilities for monitoring purposes."

  Later on March 20 in another proceeding covered only by Inner City Press, SDNY Chief Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein told a defendant he was freeing on that condition that there might be money available for an iPhone. 

 One wag noted that Apple is becoming a tool for monitoring. But for Mr. Vizzari, this makes sense. The case is US v. Vizzari, 19-cr-767 (Broderick). 


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