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In SDNY Murky Mag Court Murder Case Against Alvarez Has Same Number As Workers Comp

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 28 – While many even most cases in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York are sealed or have case numbers given only later, on August 26 before Magistrate Judge Katherine H. Parker a defendant Jose Alvarez a/k/a Ignatio Alvarez was brought in extradited from the Dominican Republic charged with the 1999 killing of Jose Miguel Mendez, guns and drugs, with the case number twice given as 13-cr-454.

 But that case number is for US v. Raul Lebron for false worker's compensation claims. The number was read out twice on August 26 - first when Alvarez pleaded guilty, then after that when Criminal Justice Act lawyer Matthew Kluger was appointed as his counsel. Inner City Press asked in the Mag court - number confirmed - and then elsewhere where it has been directed in the SDNY, still no answer.

There is a copy of the complaint against Alvarez, photo here, with the index number 13-cr-454, which is already taken up with a closlosed case judgment filed October 6, 2014, photo here. How can this happened on a murder case? The case is assigned to Judge Kimba Wood, whom the AUSA said is unavailable until after Labor Day. Inner City Press will have more on this.

 This despite the fact that Criminal Justice Act lawyer Irving Cohen asked Judge Gorenstein for two additional minutes to read the complaint to his client. It was summarized as involving the possession with intent to distribute of 100 grams of crack on June 5, 2019. So why then is it listed as sealed, even after the presentment? Inner City Press, the only media in the Magistrates Court for this, an hour after a Michael Avenatti / Nike conference, which Inner City Press live tweeted here, will continue to pursue this and other mysteries of the SDNY's murky Mag Court.



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