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Accused of Hezbollah Help Saab Still Has No Access To Law Library But CIPA Ex Parte Next

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 18 – Alexei Saab, charged with providing aid to Hezbollah, had a proceeding before  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Gardephe on June 15. Inner City Press.   

 His lawyer said Saab, aka Rachid, has no access to law library.   

Judge Gardephe asked if the parties have been discussing resolving the case by plea.

But the talks stopped when Saab filed motions. His lawyer Marlon Kirton says remains open to resolving it, but "it's leaning more toward a trial now." But when?    

Assistant US Attorney Jason Richman said that with his Office it's fine to provide an update in 30 days, with motion and trial schedule. He said disposition is "unlikely... Things are trending toward a trial." He mentioned the Classified Information Procedures Act, and Section 4 brief. 

Judge Gardephe said, There is a lot going on in this case. We'll give you another 30 days to take stock. By then we should know more about the possibility and timing of a trial.

There was a status conference on September 18. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here:

His lawyer says Saab hasn't accessed the MCC law library since March, and no access to hard drive for discovery. 

Saab's lawyer: We are going to make a motion to dismiss the indictment. It's hard because the SDNY has not pattern jury instructions.

Judge Gardephe: He's proposing briefing through February, with a hearing on or after March 22. Is that acceptable to the US? Yes

 Deputy: Thurs, April 1?

Judge Gardephe: I don't want it the first day in April. How about April 6, 10 am? AUSA: I'm supposed to be out of town. But a colleague could do it.

Judge Gardephe: April 7, 10 am then - hearing or oral argument. Shall we exclude time? Yes.
At the end, the AUSA talked about making an ex parte CIPA filing. Inner City Press hopes to have more on this.

The case is US v. Saab, 19-cr-676 (Gardephe).


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