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EDNY Judge Frees Rasedur Raihan From GEO Queens Jail Due To COVID Spread There

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FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, April 21 – Rasedur Raihan, detained in the private GEO Prison on methamphetamine conspiracy charges, on April 21 applied for and got bail, amid the spread of COVID-19 in the GEO jail, from U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Magistrate Judge Orenstein. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here.

  The EDNY prosecutors wanted him detained as a danger to the community.

   His defense lawyer says he's in the GEO facility where 20% of the inmates are infected with Coronavirus, the Queens Detention Facility where cooperators like Tekashi #6ix9ine are placed -- as Inner City Press first reported, 6ix9ine a/k/a Daniel Hernandez was released because asthma amid Coronavirus.

   GEO has no walls, is open dorm-style, and has guards without masks, the defense lawyer said.

   Judge Orenstein said to the Assistant US Attorney, I am not asking you what an administrator told you in a conclusory fashion, but what the records actually say.

  The AUSA replied, I have not read them, your Honor... But in March he didn't have T.B..

    Judge Orenstein asked him, Any objection to providing the records to Mr. Raihan's counsel?

    The AUSA protested, They are not in my possession.

    Judge Orenstein, seemingly with rising anfer, told the AUSA, You should not have to subpoena records of the government which he represent. (In this he echoed SDNY Judge Richard M. Berman in a proceeding Inner City Press also covered).

Judge Orenstein asked, Anything specific that he wouldn't come to court, as opposed to not comply with bail conditions?

   The AUSA conceded, He did come to court after each of his violations. Maybe he thought he would not be incarcerated. The charge of distributing methamphetamine shows danger.  

Judge Orenstein neared and foreshadowed his decision, asking rhetorically, Is that worse than Mr. Raihan getting infected and infecting others?    

The AUSA said wanly, That's speculative.   

Judge Orenstein ruled, At GEO, the virus is spreading. I cannot say the risk of non-appearance is near the risk of death. I am ordering Mr. Raihan released.

  He took down name and address of the sureties and 3rd party custodian, which Inner City Press is voluntarily not publishing. The Conditions were and are $100,000 bond, and home detention with location monitoring. The case is US v. Raihan, EDNY 20-cr-68 (Orenstein).

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