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Bronx 99 Cent Store Incident Called Suicidal Ideation Lost in Translation Before SDNY Judge Berman

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 22 – Benjamin Harrison was indicted in a drug case in 2009. Jump cut to 2020 and he was up for an alleged violation of supervised release before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Richard M. Berman, who pays particular attention to supervision, not as a punishment but an aid.

   Harrison had been in a 99 cent store, he said, when he felt light headed. He explained that he had not eaten, had had a drink, and told the store clerk he felt like he might die. 

 This resulted in an ambulance, a report on "suicidal ideation," and either a urine test, or none - that is in dispute.

Harrison explained it was an "African" 99 cent store and the clerk may have mistake his "I feel like I'm dying" for suicidal ideation.   A new hearing was set for September.

The case is US v. Harrison, 09-cr-765 (Berman).


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