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Olszewski Fled Bronx Halfway House Now Wants Out of MCC Amid Coronavirus

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 1 – Shawn Olszewski sought compassionate release from the Metropolitan Correctional Center on May 1 citing COVID-19 and his thyroid, before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge William H. Pauley III. Inner City Press covered it.

  The defense lawyer says she'd heard that MCC "just some new tests."

    Judge Pauley asked, Why is your client particularly at risk, more than others, from COVID-19? 

  The defense lawyer replied, If his thyroid medicines not functioning. And some healthy people suffer bad bouts and die... All 26 people in his unit share a single toilet, a single urinal and a single sink. The temperature checks have stopped. Staff work 12 hours shifts because others are out sick. I could not visit him. 

   Judge Pauley asked, You can avail yourself of video or audio calls by signing up, no? 

  The defense lawyer said, I heard today they are finally making video calls available. 

   Judge Pauley asked, Has the Warden responded to your compassionate release response? 

   The defense lawyer answered, No, not that I'm aware of.

   Assistant US Attorney Sidhardha Kamaraju said, The defendant does not have any unique medical situation with respect to COVID-19. The statute requires extraordinary and compelling reasons. The MCC has begun to implement procedures. 

   AUSA Kamarathu zeroed in on the defendant and applicant: He's back in MCC because he fled from the residential re-entry center. The motion should be denied. 

   Judge Pauley asked, Hasn't he served 46 of 48 months? So why is his release date in March 2021?

   A second AUSA, Justin Rodriguez, answered: I'm not sure he's served 46 months. 

  The defense lawyer said, Because he fled, he lost credit for the RDAP program. 

Judge Pauley continued, Didn't he pick up another charge in Ilinois?   The defense lawyer acknowledged, Yes, that did happen. He's made strides... We have a facility 50% over capacity. We need to decarcerate. 

    Judge Pauley said, I'm going to have to think about this. I'm reserving decision. I'm asking the government to ensure blood testing for his thyroid condition, if BOP deems appropriate, and to report on Tuesday. 

The case is US v. Olszewski, 15-cr-364 (Pauley).  


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