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After SDNY Bronx Alleged Gang Presentments Chief Judge McMahon Upholds Bail of Mickey

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 19 -- 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 where, they said, there is video footage of him being beaten and hit on the head with a chair by another gang member.

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

  But on March 19 when Inner City Press inquired, only the case of the defendant alleged to have used to chair for head-hitting, Tyerance Mickey, was appealed to Judge McMahon.

  Mickey was in a yellow jumpsuit; his lawyer said he had spent the night in Essex County but now had his family members and sureties present. Judge McMahon asked about the availability of a GPS location monitoring bracelet without which, she said, she would allow Mickey to be released.

  Inner City Press is informed that the current lack of GPS bracelet is due to the higher percentage of defendants being bailed with location monitoring during the Coronavirus crisis. As Inner City Press first reported earlier on March 19, SDNY Judge Alison Nathan has freed a detainee specifically citing COVID-19, here.

  The Part I appeal proceeding ended with Judge McMahon saying that Judge Aaron had hit the nail on the head, and thanking him for the way the arraignments were carried out the day before. To Mickey, she said she is a judge with zero tolerance for violations of supervision and to not have any weapons including, she said, a chair to hit someone on the head with.

On March 19 in both Judge McMahon's courtroom and in the temporary large Mag Court a floor beneath, even family members were told to sit six feet a part. Inner City Press will continue to attend and report on these proceedings. 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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