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In SDNY Jonathan Torres Bolted Judge Stein Court Date Says Jail Never Helped Him

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 3 -- Jonathan Torres came to court on February 10 set to plead guilty to Violations fo Supervised Release. But by all accounts, he bolted.   On March 3, he was hauled back before Judge Sidney H. Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

With Inner City Press the only one in Judge Stein's large gallery, Jonathan Torres raised his hand and asked to speak for himself.   

His CJA lawyer Kelley J. Sharkey said she had advised against it. In fact, Jonathan Torres after he bolted had called Judge Stein's chamber and asked to speak to the judge.

  As Judge Stein recounted it on March 3, he had declined to speak to the defendant without the presence of his lawyer and Assistant US Attoreny Jun Xiang.

But Torres told Judge Stein's deputy that he had suffered anxiety, stating that AUSA Jun Xiang had said since he was a threat, he didn't care about the impact on Torres' family. 

 On March 3, to be fair, AUSA Jun Xiang for the record contested the detained defendant's account, saying that he had informed him he would push for detention.  

Jonathan Torres on March 3 said in open but empty court that he has two children and that incarceration, even for ten years, had done thing for him. His mother recently died. He wants to turn his life around, with a residential drug treatment program.

  Judge Stein thanked him for speaking, but noted that many of his problems are due to his own bad decision. Bolting from the court decision was one such decision, and made the matter more complicated. 

 Torres remains detained. His CJA lawyer Ms. Sharkey declined an April 14 court date, saying she would be away just before then. So it's April 22. The case is US v. Torres, 11-cr-389 (Stein).


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