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Tartaglione Can Take Photos in Metropolitan Correctional Center With Epstein Echo

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 29 –  To withhold documents about the death of Jeffrey Epstein in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan, the U.S. Department of Justice is citing the pending trials of Corrections Officer Tova Noel and Michael Thomas and former Briarcliff Manor Officer Nicholas Tartaglione.

But how much of it is a cover-up?   Inner City Press, which is pushing for full access to the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, live tweeted it, here and below.

 Now on September 29 SDNY Judge Kenneth M. Karas has granted Tartaglione and a small team permission to have photographs taken in the MCC, which will be reviewed "for any security issues." Apparently, never public. We'll see.

From the docket: "ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT ACCESS TO METROPOLITAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER ("MCC") as to Nicholas Tartaglione. Nicholas Tartaglione ("the defendant"), having requested access to certain areas of the Metropolitan Correctional Center ("MCC") in New York, New York, and the Government having consented to such access, the Court hereby finds and orders as follows: 1. On September 30, 2021, the defendant's counsel shall be provided access to the following areas of the MCC: (a) all cells in which the defendant has been held since his arrival at the MCC on December 16, 2016, including any Special Housing Unit ("SHU") facilities, and; (b) all common areas to which the defendant has had access including, but not limited to, any medical treatment, legal visit, library, recreation, and/or exercise facilities."

Back on April 9: Assistant US Attorney: Because we don't know how the criminal trial against Nicholas Tartaglione will go, so we shouldn't have to release these records and impact a death penalty trial. 

Judge Engelmayer: Can you assure me that any document that has been withheld based on Tartaglione mentions Epstein? AUSA: No. [Sounds like it's time to go "in camera" and have the judge take a look at the withheld documents, with an eye toward releasing them]  

Judge: Are there documents being withheld based on Noel? [Corrections officer charged in connection with Epstein's death]

AUSA: Yes.  AUSA: There is a belief that disclosing these documents could make it difficult to seat jurors.

 Judge: Is that credible? The issue in the Noel case is, did they make false statements about locations. I would be started if it turns into an autopsy of Epstein. 

Now in the (Epstein) FOIA proceeding, "Don King case in the 2d Circuit" is quoted, along with argument that in the Noel (and Thomas) case, gag orders won't be needed. Inner City Press, which will cover that trial, would oppose any gag order or other restriction.

 Judge is leaning toward in camera review of the documents, asks what he should be looking for. Assignment rosters, in Vaughn index; and the "2000 emails taken off the table." 

Here's from "Index of Withholdings in Full," including "Incident Report of Jeffrey Epstein's July 23, 2019 Apparent Suicide Attempt" and "Psychological Reconstruction of Inmate Death." 

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