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SDNY Cites Music Video To Send Young To MCC As He Cites 1st Amendment Rejected But Freed

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 20 -- Lael Young was on probation when US Homeland Security Investigation was tipped that he was "hiding drugs and weapons" in his apartment.  

On February 11 Probation Officers found nine bullets in his apartment, but did not arrest him on that day. Rather, he was arrested and presented on March 20 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Chief Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein, who was wearing gloves amid the Coronavirus crisis. 

 The virus played a role in Young's argument to not be sent to the MCC. The government on the other hand cited a music video Young put on line while on probation in which he brandished what appeared to a gun, the Assistant US Attorney said. 

   Young's lawyer said she doubted the AUSA even saw the video, adding that it was from years ago and in any event protected by the First Amendment.

   Judge Gorenstein said he rejected the First Amendment argument, that it was fair to draw inferences from such a video. But he ordered Young released on $25,000 bond. The case is US v. Young, 20-mj-2702 (Gorenstein).


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