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Age Player Peter Bright Is Shackled At Final Pre Trial Conference As FBI Agent Out But Inner City Press In

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 7 –  ArsTechnica writer Peter Bright was an "age player" and not a pedophile, his Federal Defenders argued on February 7 before his trial set to begin February 12.

Inner City Press, which first reported Bright's presentment on the charges on May 23, here, was the only media present on February 7 before Judge P. Kevin Castel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.   More on Patreon here, including on the case's reference to... Justin Bieber.

 This already nearly empty final pre-trial conference got emptier still when Federal Defender Amy Gallicchio asked the FBI Agent Jensen leave the courtroom when her interaction with Bright as an undercover came up.  

 Bright's argument is the Agent Jensen played a "mommy" - which is a term of art, it was said, like a daddy - and her offer of sex with a seven and a nine year old, which Bright said yes to, was not to be taken seriously.   

 That will of course be for the jury to determine. Judge Castel said he will be the on questioning jurors. The prosecution estimated should could wrap up their case in a single day.

The defense has a self-described expert in age play, from Canada, whom they want to testify.  Judge Castel said perhaps he can testify out of order.  

The trial will begin Tuesday in deference to Monday's funeral service for Castel's follow SDNY Judge Deborah A. Batts, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. (Inner City Press first reported her passing here).

 Judge Castel stated as his basis to exclude time under the Speedy Trial Act to honor his good friend Judge Deborah Batts, who gave him "great joy in life."   

Gallicchio told Bright, as he was led away by Marshals, that she will see him Sunday. Out in the hallway outside the courtroom was Agent Jensen, waiting. The case is US v. Bright, 19-cr-521 (Castel). 


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