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Safety of Avenatti Cited By MCC Warden Who Redacts 2 Lines Why In Solitary Confinement

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 22 – With the trial of Michael Avenatti set to start on January 27, it was decided on Wednesday that Stormy Daniel vs Trump can be brought up in opening statements, and in all probability even more during cross-examination of government witness Gary Franklin. Live tweeted thread here.

   Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York among other things asked for an explanation from the Metropolitan Correctional Center why Avenatti must be in solitary confinement, which is hindering access to his lawyers and the discovery information to prepare for trail.

  Later on January 22 the US Attorney's Office answered: "Dear Judge Gardephe: The Government respectfully submits the attached letter from the Warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“MCC”) pursuant to the Court’s order during the conference in this case held earlier today, January 22, 2020, directing the MCC to provide an explanation regarding the defendant’s housing assignment. Two sentences in the version filed on ECF are redacted at the request of the MCC, because they set forth sensitive and non-public information. Respectfully submitted, GEOFFREY S. BERMAN United States Attorney By: Matthew D. Podolsky."

  Attached was a redacted letter from MCC Warden M. Licon-Vitale that states "We have serious concerns for Mr. Avenatti's safety, should we be placed in a general population house unit -- follow by more than two full lines redacted.

  Are they concerned that other inmates in the MCC will read the letter on PACER? Inner City Press will have more on this.

Earlier Judge Gardephe declined to postpone the trial for a week. He told Avenatti's lawyers that if they have a problem accessing him in the MCC jail as they have complained, to raise it to him again. 

 As the more than four hour final pre-trial conference went on, more and more bold-face names were raised by Avenatti's lawyers: David Boies (not in). Colin Kaepernick (in, but only as "a prominent football player"). Even R. Kelly. Inner City Press live tweeted the proceeding, here. More on Patreon here.

      The trial will have a soft beginning on January 27, with a questionnaire being distributed to prospective jurors. The trial should take two and a half weeks, Judge Gardephe said. The case is US v. Avenatti, 19-cr-373 (Gardephe).  


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