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In SDNY Tupikin Is Told 2d Lawyer Will Be His Last But Is Assigned Without Him Present

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 3 – The US v. Ashirova case has 31 defendants. But on January 9 in a circus-like status conference at which Inner City Press was the only media, one defendant stood out.

Nikolay Tupikin had written to SDNY Judge George B. Daniels saying he wanted a new lawyer.

Judge Daniels told him that if he made the supervision, that was it, there would be no third lawyer no matter what. Tupikin through an interpreter indicated Yes - what choice did he have? To be fair, later Inner City Press noticed he and outgoing CJA counsel Ezra Spilke fist-bumping. 

 Later on the January 9 down in the SDNY Magistrates Court, Kelley Sharkey was named Tupikin's second and last lawyer -- without Tupikin being present. Magistriate Judge Debra Freeman, who has been working hard all week, said that if Tupikin has an objection he should come to court. 

He is, of course, in detention in the MDC. We'll have more on this. The overall case is US v. Ashirova, et al., 18-cr-509 (Daniels); this one is US v. Tupikin, 19-cr-509-23 (Daniels). 


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