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In SDNY Mag Court Moody Pleads Guilty With 10 Year Minimum As His Lawyer Admits He Is Depressed

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 29 – Andrew Moody was indicted in February for conspiring to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine.

On October 29 he pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the indictment, under a plea agreement naming the 10 year mandatory minimum as well as the thirty to life possibility.

   He was, and sounded, understandably depressed as he pleaded guilty.

   Several times Assistant US Attorney Robert B. Sobelman asked that U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge James L. Cott ask Moody again to answer a question, about fenantyl, and about crack weigh.

    Moody's CJA lawyer Anthony Ricco at the end said that while he client might sound very down, he was full apprised of the plea deal. Judge Cott said that of course pleading guilty is never easy. But this plea was unique. The sentencing will be by Judge Richard H. Berman. The case is US v. Moody, 19-cr-113 (Berman / Cott).

Danibel Luis was arrested and presented on charges of bank fraud on May 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of New York Magistrates Court. On October 28 he appeared again to plead guilty before Magistrate Judge James L. Cott with Inner City Press the only media in the Mag Court. It was a routine allocution, with interpreter and initial AUSA Elizabeth Espinosa now using the case to train another, Mr. Ferguson. Danibel Luis took a plea deal envisioning 27 to 33 months in prison for defrauding TD Bank.

  Apparently Luis had no one to cooperate against - up on the 15th floor of 500 Pearl Street a man who defrauded PayPay out of $95,000 was given no jail time and two years of probation because he cooperated. See here. What is the moral difference? We've called it a moral Mag Court, after murky, now call it when applicable mechanical.

Last week: Calvin Dubose was arrested at noon on October 23 and more than 24 hours later was presented in on guns and drugs charges.

  Specifically Dubose was charged as a felony in possession. The gun was in a lock-box, but the key was by his bed, along with 50 rounds of ammunition; also in the room were 8 twisty bags of crack cocaine, according to the SDNY prosecutors and then Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman.

  Judge Freeman to her credit rejected several other assertions or proffers by the government, namely that Dubose by running to the bathroom of his second floor apartment was necessarily trying to flee out the window over the bathtub. Nor did she credit the proffer that Dubose was present with a gun at the scene of a February 2014 murder for which he has not been charged.

  But she focused on the presence of drugs and guns in his apartment, where he is paid as a home health attendant for his mother.  After Judge Freeman's ruling Dubose continued advocating for himself, albeit to his assigned counsel.

 "Anything more?" Judge Freeman finally asked.

  No, Dubose's counsel said, whispering to him that he would call his mother. Dubose was taken back into detention. What will happen with that 2014 murder proffered by the SDNY prosecutors on October 24, 2019?  The case was not listed with a docket number but we will endeavor to get one. Update of October 25: the case is US v. Dubose, 19-mj-10030 (Freeman). Watch this site.


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