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US Prisoner Hector Lebron Was Forgotten In MCC For 2 Months Now Processed With No Mention Of It

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 26 – Hector Lebron was sent to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in April by Northern District of Ohio Judge James G. Carr - and then was forgotten for more than two months in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan.

  On SDNY Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn began what her Deputy said was the last case of the day by asking when the defendant before her came into SDNY custody. The answer was surprising: Lebron was "writted over" on April 24, from a Federal court in Ohio, had been forgotten since then and now should have a hearing before SDNY District Judge Alison Nathan.

  That took place on June 26, resulting in a minute order which makes no mention of Lebron getting "lost" in the MCC, nor of the promised investigation or reforms. It says, "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Alison J. Nathan: Preliminary Revocation Hearing re: Supervised Release as to Hector Lebron held on 6/26/2019. Defendant Hector Lebron present w/atty Annalisa Miron. AUSA, Ben Schrier and Samael P. Rothschild present. Also, SDNY Probation Office Hildary Huffman present. Defendant was arraigned on Specifications 1 and 2. Defendant denied Specifications 1 and 2. Status conference set for Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 11 am. Counsel to submit a joint letter by Monday, July 29, 2019. Defendant continued remanded. (Status Conference set for 7/31/2019 at 11:00 AM before Judge Alison J. Nathan.)"

      Inner City Press which alone reported on the two months of MCC ran to Judge Nathan's courtroom on June 26 directly from a sentencing but found it was already over and from those remaining, no answer. Judge Netburn, in place of fellow Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger, remained on the bench in Mag Court. We'll have more on this.

  Inner City Press was the only media in the Magistrates Court and strained forward to hear the number of the case, but none was given. Only afterward was it able on the PACER terminal in the SDNY Press Room to find a Judge Nathan case involving Hector Lebron. But this once dated back to February 2014, with Lebron on Supervised Release until October 31, 2018, signed by then SDNY Judge Mary M. Lisi and Magistrate Ronald L. Ellis.

   Further research by Inner City Press found an April 6, 2019 order by Judge James G. Carr Sr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio that Lebron by remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshall and transferred to a "facility as close to New York as possible."

  The MCC is right next to the SDNY courthouses and the U.S. Attorney's Office. But no one knew Lebron was there for two months. On June 21 in the empty Mag Court the Assistant U.S. Attorney said his colleague, on trial, had only seen the e-mail the night before.

  Judge Netburn said she would investigate it, and told Mr. Lebron she wasn't sure it was her apology to make....


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