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In SDNY Mag Court Defendant Crying Without CJA Lawyer Glavin Who Reps US v Donzinger

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 7 –  Maurice Patterson was released on his own signature, represented by assigned CJA defense lawyer Rita Glavin, on August 27, 2019. On January 7 he reappeared in court, agitated and demanding to speak for himself to the judge.

     His lawyer Rita Glavin, now on the prosecution side in US v. Dozinger but still acting as defense lawyer in US v. Patterson, was not present in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court.

    The CJA lawyer on duty, Tom Ambrosio, tried to reach Ms. Glavin by phone. Meanwhile Maurice Patterson was crying, "I'm terrified of prison!"

Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman to her credit said she did not want to hear anything that is not on the record, and went into her robing room.  

But once there, Ambrosio and the Assistant US Attorney went in and spoke, without the presence of the defendant or of the Press and public. Later Judge Freedman summoned up for a whispered sidebar conversation the U.S. Marshall on duty. It was an extraordinary proceeding.

    It appears that Patterson was sent not back to custody but instead to a hospital. It appears that CJA Glavin will reach out to him. But beyond the mental health and culpability issues, how is it that the same lawyer can be on the US side of US v. Donzinger, and on the defense side in US v. Patterson?

     Inner City Press months ago put the question in in writing, without answer. It has been advised to ask the Federal Defenders. But should that be necessary? Especially now? Inner City Press will stay on this case. It is US v. Patterson, 10-cr-94 (Rakoff).


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