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In SDNY Defendant Is Subject of Secret Application Docket Number Not Given to Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 27 – How secretive is the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Court? On November 27 a defendant was brought in with no docket number given. 

   Assistant US Attorneys Michael Longyear and a colleague said quietly to Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger that they had made a "written application" in connection with the arraignment which they did not describe.

   Judge Lehrburger paused then said he was granting the written application, which he also did not describe. Inner City Press went to the office it has been directed to go with question and asked for the docket number.

  A staff member began to inquire, when it appears clear that AUSA Longyear said no, don't tell him. Judge Lehrburger's deputy, who one would assume must have the "mj" or Magistrates Court number, told Inner City Press there was no number, one would have to inquire with a District Judge, whose door was locked.

    Perhaps this defendant, who Inner City Press is not in this report naming, is a cooperator. Perhaps he - or she, we'll say - is the first of a still sealed indictment. But this type of bait and switch faux transparency, secret applications and cases in a supposedly open Federal courtroom, cannot be accepted.

   Meanwhile Inner City Press after for weeks asking the US Attorney's Office for it public exhibits in the OneCoin / US v. Mark Scott trial, as were provided in recent trails involving rapper 6ix9ine and Honduras, has had to file a Freedom of Information Act request for that, and about death eligible cases being handed by the US Attorney's Office. Watch this site.


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