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In SDNY Berman Says He Will Stay Until Senate Confirms Clayton To Come from SEC

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 20 – Geoffrey S. Berman was late June 19 announced to be leaving as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York - not by himself but by the DOJ, which said Jay Clayton of the SEC would be nominated to replace Berman.

  But right after, Berman said he "has not resigned," and will not until a “presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate."

 Here is Berman's full statement: "“I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney.  I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate.  Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption.  I cherish every day that I work with the men and women of this Office to pursue justice without fear or favor – and intend to ensure that this Office’s important cases continue unimpeded.”

Inner City Press, which closely covers the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (as well as the EDNY, IMF and UN) immediately wondered what having an ex-SEC chairman might mean for cases in the SDNY like those against Telegram, or alleged North Korea sanctions violator Virgil Griffith. 

  But now, of course, there are other questions. Watch this site.

 But while we will be reporting on this going forward it's worth noting mid-fight Geoffrey Berman's hands-on approach, seen most recently in the Coronavirus pandemic.

 In March, when many had already fled the courthouse at 500 Pearl Street and Inner City Press was alone in the back row of the Magistrates Court on the fifth floor, in came Berman, to check out how presentments work.  

Not much before, he had slipped into a Bronx drug murder case that only Inner City Press was covering, to witness the rare cross examination of the defendant who took the stand. He spoke, too, on the elevator.  

One improvement, whoever is in for the next months, that could and should be brought would be the automatic provision of the exhibits the SDNY prosecutors use in trials, when they resume. This has still not been done in the OneCoin case, despite a FOIA request from Inner City Press. And why is the case against Honduras' El Tigre Bonilla, announced April 30, still sealed?

These and other issues will be continued to be raised. Watch this site.


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