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SDNY US Attorney Expects Grand Juries Mid June Inner City Press Hears On Balde Remand

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 11 –  Souleymane Balde from the MCC prison was on a video proceeding covered by Inner City Press on May 11 with U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York SDNY Judge Katharine Polk Failla.

It is something of a high profile legal battle, having come back from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

   But there is also real life: Balde coughed and Judge Failla asked if he has been tested, and if the question was OK with his defense counsel Matthew Larsen.  

   Larsen OK-ed the question then noted that the  MCC is not testing in a meaningful way. He moved on to say after US v. Rehaif, the Court may not have jurisdiction. In the alternative, that Balde's plea was ineffective.

     The AUSA, by phone only and not video, said SDNY US Attorney Berman is considering new substantive charges against Balde, but wanted to only go in once and not twice to the grand jury.  

   Assistant US Attorney Slavik told Judge Failla that while right now there is a lack of quorum for a grand jury, the US Attorney's Office expects a new or resumed grand jury quorum by "the first half of June." Call it breaking news, live tweeted by Inner City Press here. 

  Judge Failla after these oral arguments said she will reserve judgment on the issues raised, and rule soon. The case is US v. Balde, 16-cr-130 (Failla).


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