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Smith Charged With Robbing Bronx Barber Also Has Asthma And Bail Hearing Before SDNY Judge Rakoff

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 3 – Michael Smith was arrested on February 6 on charged of robbing a Bronx barbershop on New Years Eve. He has been in the Metropolitan Correctional Center since.  

Now amid the Coronavirus pandemic he has been identified as an at-risk inmate, due to asthma, and on April 3 his request for release was heard by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff. 

 Judge Rakoff said this was his eight bail hearing since the Coronavirus problem arose. Inner City Press, the only media to cover this one, has previous noted Judge Rakoff's amenability to releasing defendant said to be flight risks, but not dangers to the community.  

Here, with the armed robbery charge, Judge Rakoff said he could either deny the application or allow time for more argument, this coming Wednesday after what he called an all day hearing on Tuesday.  

 Smith's lawyer said of course he would rather live to fight another day. The case is US v. Smith, 20-cr-153 (Rakoff). 


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