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Loanshark In FMC Devens Asks For Compassionate Release Citing COVID Dangers

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 5 – Americo Massa is serving time in FMC Devens for loansharking, extortion and the death of Joseph Conigliaro.      

   On October 5 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff held an oral argument. Inner City Press covered it.

  Judge Rakoff asked why Massa had not exhausted his administrative remedies with the warden. Massa's lawyer said that is not required. Judge Rakoff said he has at times waived the 30 days of waiting.

But the application itself?   The Assistant US Attorney emphasized the crime; the defense said the decedent had been extorting Massa. He also described Massa's work with other prisoners with dementia, whom he said could not properly wear masks or social distance amid COVID.

Judge Rakoff thanked both counsel for their arguments and said he will decide in a month.

 The case is US v. Massa, 00-cr-1118 (Rakoff)


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