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In SDNY Murky Mag Court Catala Who Went Missing on June 11 Reappears in Chains

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 23 – While many or even most cases in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York are sealed or have case numbers given only later, on September 25 Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger bound over Christopher Catala, who last appeared in the SDNY by not appearing for a conference before District Judge Cote on June 11, 2019.  On that day Judge Cote said, "We're missing Mr. Catala. What can you tell me, Ms. Cross-Goldenberg?"

"Your Honor, I can't tell you much," she replied.

Judge Cote issued a bench warrant which has now, it seems, been executed. And she will see Mr. Catala again, this time for sure, on September 30.

Back on September 23 Judge Lehrburgerger accepted a guilty plea for having a gun as a felon in The Bronx by a Mister Petersen, without the District Judge, unnamed in the proceeding, having set a sentencing date.

There was only a conference date in October 10. No need to exclude Speed Trial Act time anymore - there will be no trial. The US Attorney's Office, which has yet to answer on US v Rodriguez, US v. Perlson and two US v. John Does, said this of another presentment: " Initial appearance of Alexei Saab –  the defendant was charged in a nine-count Indictment for offenses related to his support for Hizballah and separate marriage-fraud offenses – Magistrate’s Court (courtroom 5A, 500 Pearl Street)."We said we'd have more on this - and we do, covering his appearance before Judge Gardephe on September 25., here. SW

   On September 19 Judge Wang had a presentment interrupted for more than 20 minutes by a fire drill.

Defendant Shoendale Jarrett sat in shackles as over the loudspeaker the fire drill was announced, again and again. Inner City Press, the only media in the Mag Court, was urged by several to write about it. Would they do this to District Judges? Or to a former Magistrate named Peck? Ultimately Jarrett was bound over to be re-presented on September 20, with an eye toward release. Inner City Press, pending the Tekashi #6ix9ine trial, aims to be there.

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