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Montalvo Got Time Served and Admonition Of SDNY Judge Berman No Courtroom To 2021

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 20 – Allen Montalvo pled guilty to narcotics charges in 2017. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Richard M. Berman in 2019 gave him a sentence of time served, with Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey present.

  On June 17 Judge Berman held a proceeding on violations of supervised release. Maurene Comey was again present, as was Inner City Press, covering it.

  Unlike other supervision proceeding before Judge Berman, this one resulted in admonitions.

Montalvo has been arrested again, and allegedly threatened his wife. He was not remanded, but was warned to have no contact with this wife.

  Speaking for himself, Montalvo said he is living with relatives in Manhattan, sharing a room.

Judge Berman asked AUSA Comey to order a transcript, for an ongoing project to assess the benefits of this type of supervision. In some cases they are extensive.

On October 20 Judge Berman held another proceeding, and Inner City Press again covered it. AUSA Maurene Comey cited "moderate progress." Talked turned to the next proceeding, on December 22.

  Judge Berman said he has not been having in-court proceeding (unlike, for example SDNY Judge P. Kevin Castel who is holding a criminal jury trial, and Judge Lorna G. Schofield, holding a civil jury trial). He does not anticipate holding in person proceeding until 2021. Each judge is different, and not only on supervision. It is not unlike the laboratory of states in the US system. But is it fair to defendants?

This case is US v. Montalvo,17-cr-28 (Berman). 


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