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SDNY Judge Rakoff Expedites Discovery and Bond Hearing For Lizarraga Bricks on Bus Case

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 26 –  Karen Lizarraga had not one but two court proceedings on December 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Charged in connection with four bricks of heroin and fentanyl moved by bus from California to New York, Lizarraga was presented at 2 pm in the SDNY Magistrates Court before Magistrates Judge Barbara Moses.

    A bail hearing was scheduled before Judge Moses for December 30. Then Assistant US Attorney Brett Kalikow announced that there was a 2:30 pm arrangement nine stories above before District Judge Rakoff. No one asked to exclude from the Speedy Trial Act the 15 minute difference.

  But upstairs Judge Rakoff did not agree to give the US Attorney's Office a month to produce discovery, limiting it to two and a half weeks. He also asked why the bail hearing was before the Magistrate Judge and not him, in order to avoid appeals issues.

The bail or bond hearing was transferred to him and a schedule established, for January 30 at which time Judge Rakoff said a trial date will be set. Call it the rocket docket, compared to others in the SDNY. The case is US v. Lizarraga, 19-cr-905 (Rakoff).


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