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In SDNY Bronx Gang Mass Presentment US Asks Nieves To Move Out Of Home With Kids

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 18 -- Even amid the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, on March 17 Inner City Press reported that for a large Bronx gang "take-down" the Magistrates Court was being moved in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, to a large courtroom on the 24th floor. 

  The move came after complaints about group arraignments by defense lawyers, and calls for social distancing. Inner City Press covered seven proceedings in Courtroom 24B on March 17, on narcotics, immigration and "hoaxes."  

  On the afternoon of March 18, from the US Attorney's Office Press Office, the other shoe dropped, see below. And in Courtroom 24B the defendants were bought in one by one, with masks covering their mouths, at least one coughing loudly.

   US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman came in to watch, conferring briefly with his Assistant US Attorney Danielle Sassoon. (Downstairs in 5A, which US Attorney Berman also visited, his Office's request for a stay of a Dominicant extraditee was denied by the presiding Magistrate Judge and appealed to Part 1).

  The legal issues in 24B were not confined to group presentments. For defendant Matthew Nieves, Berman's AUSA proposed release on the condition he not move back into 3063 Hull Avenue.

  But, his lawyer said, Nieves' wife and their two kids live there. Judge Aaron declined to impose that condition, and the prosecutors said they will appeal, presumably to the March 19 Part 1 judge, Chief Judge Colleen McMahon. Watch this site.

The filing: "Indictment charging ALEXANDER ARGUEDAS, a/k/a “Reckless,” MICHAEL DELAGUILA, a/k/a “Grizz,” STEVEN JUSTO, a/k/a “Riko,” DAVONTE BROWN, a/k/a “Tae,” JACOBB PADIN, a/k/a “Chino,” EDGARDO BARANCO, a/k/a “Slime,” ABBAS OZKURT, a/k/a “AB,” JAHVONNE CHAMBERS, a/k/a “JV,” DENISE BULLOCK, a/k/a “Mocha,” SIMONE CORDERO, a/k/a “Mixy,” MATTHEW NIEVES, a/k/a “WB,” TYERANCE MICKEY, a/k/a “Hoodlum,” and MARK BROCK, a/k/a “Rover,” with racketeering, firearms, and narcotics offenses, in connection with their membership and association with the Black Stone Gorilla Gang (“BSGG”).  ARGUEDAS is also charged with the December 9, 2012, murder of Gary Rodriguez.  ANDRE CURRY, a/k/a “Flex,” is charged with narcotics and firearms offenses.                

  "Seven defendants were arrested today and will be presented this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron."  Watch this site. 


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