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After False 911 Complaints US Attorney Sought Protective Order Now Defers Prosecution

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 22 – Cortez Fowlkes is charged with making false 911 calls claiming that people were drowning in the Hudson and Harlem rivers.

Then the U.S. Attorney's Office sought a protective order for the discovery it would produce, reported saying it did not want to "see the information on Twitter."   

 On August 19, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alison Nathan held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitzi S. Steiner told Judge Nathan that the discovery would show law enforcement techniques - nearly always the case - and arguing that "finally, the defendant files to articule why public access to pre-trial discovery is warranted in this case."  

But this reverses the presumption of public and press access, as this U.S. Attorney's Office is doing or colluding through silence in doing more and more.

Judge Nathan to her credit rejected the proposed protective order.

And now on June 22, the US Attorney's Office filed and got approved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. If Fowlkes refrains from any law violation for six months, the prosecution is gone. So why did the US demand a blanket protective order?

The case is US v. Fowlkes, 20-cr-309 (Nathan)


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