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In Drug Conspiracy Case With Wiretaps & Jail Calls 1 Defendant Detained But Dean Released

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 2 – Jevaun Charles and others have been charged in a narcotics conspiracy, with guns. 

   On August 2, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff held back to back bond hearings. Inner City Press covered them both.

 First up was Jason Gonzalez, with his step father in the gallery. The problem was his previous conviction for attempted murder. But, his lawyer pointed out, after that he worked for Door Dash.

Assistant US Attorney Jacob Gutwillig described a jail call to Gonzalez, telling him to collect the bread, which Gutwillig offered meant money, from street level dealers. Gonzalez was detained.

  Next up was Israel Gonzalez. His lawyer pointed out that he had been the dean of a school, and had traveled back to the SDNY by bus after finding out he was wanted on a warrant.

   AUSA Gutwillig countered that this return took a month, that they have a social media posting of the dean with students flashing a gang sign, with the caption, When your students find out you were the Big Homie.

  Gutwillig raised another social media post, of the dean in Panama saying he wanted to be a millionaire by the age of 30.

  "Isn't that the American Dream?" Judge Rakoff remarked. The dean's supporters and seemingly his 9-year old daughter in the gallery perked up.

   His lawyer turned to the jail call - it was the dean who had called Gonzalez - and said it might have been about raising bail money. It was a winning argument. Judge Rakoff said he would release him to home detention, on $500,000 bond. In the gallery, applause. And now this story.

On July 22 Judge Rakoff held a requested bond hearing on Jevaun Charles. It emerged that Charles, detained in Essex, has not been vaccinated.

 Judge Rakoff mused whether he should consider this, under the Bail Reform Act, as a danger to the community - or if getting vaccinated in a week could be a condition of release. As it was it was academic - Charles was not released.

The overall case is US v. Charles, et al., 21-cr-412 (Rakoff)


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