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Sentencing Submission For Bronx Drugs and Guns Ordered Sealed by SDNY Judge Cote

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 22 –  Kevin Mora was set to be sentenced on November 22 for distributing crack and cocaine in The Bronx' 46th Precinct. While not included in the plea, he and his brother Arturo Mora also used firearms and for example punched two victims in the face on East 174th Street and Eastburn Avenue.

But U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Denise L. Cote agreed to the complete sealing of Kevin Mora's sentencing  submission dated November 8. Not the redaction of the names of minors as provided for by room, but the entire submission missing from the public docket.

How is the public to know the basis for the sentencing?

For now all the public knows of the submission comes from selective quotations from the November 15 submission by the US Attorney's Office, represented at sentencing by Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey, for example that "the defendant was not in constant financial distress or living at the fringes of the community, as his submission contends."

What submission?

There follow in the government's November 15 letter, Document 157 in the docket, Instagram photographs of Kevin Mora a/k/a Jaffy with gold chains and carrying an automatic weapon and wads of cash. So what arguments are viewable only by Judge Cote and the US Attorney's Office, but not the public? Inner City Press aims to have more on this. The case is US v. Kevin Mora, 18-cr-749 (Cote).


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