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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 13 -- The last case of what's been called the Coronavirus Week of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York involved a defendant from Ghana named Duodo.

 His Federal Defender pleaded that he not be remanded to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, given the ban on lawyer visits and the possible further lockdown.  

But SDNY Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang said there was clearly a risk of flight. She asked if he could live with a relative rather than alone. The Federal Defender found a relative in Albany, willing to drive down and pick him up.

    But it was too late to put on a GPS bracelet, as it is called.

Those remaining in the SDNY Magistrates Court at 6 pm on Friday, other than Inner City Press (see its Coronavirus and SDNY scoop here), were entirely law enforcement and Assistant US Attorneys, ranging from Elizabeth Espinosa through Matthew Hellman to Danielle Sassoon. They waited to get warrants signed, and some laughed when the Federal Defender told Judge Wang she could and should free Duodo. She did not.

  A bail hearing was set for Monday, March 16 at 10 am. Inner City Press aims to be there, even with the case still sealed. It is US v. Duodo, 20-mj-2797 (Wang).


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