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Illegal Reentry Defendant Cites Chinese COVID Cases and Gets Release Including On VOSR

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 8 – Ramon Mendez-Urena has been in the MCC prison since December 2019 on an Illegal Reentry charge and a separate Violation of Supervised Release. On May 8 through Federal Defenders he sought release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  The Federal Defenders' motion noted that "in China, officials confirmed 500 cases of coronavirus in prisons." It's unclear if that includes the "re-education camps" for Uighurs in Xinjiang.

 It cited release decisions by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judges Ramos, Stein, Rakoff, Daniels and Chief Judge McMahon in US v. Hudson, 19-cr-496. 

 In this case SDNY Judge Analisa Torres, saying she had conferred prior to the hearing which Inner City Press covered with Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, ordered Mendez-Urena released as not a danger to the community nor a risk of flight. The case is US v. Mendez-Urena, 20-cr-65 (Torres). 


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