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In Sex Trafficking Case Defendant Gets Judge Engelmayer to Replace Scolari Still Sealed Kooda B

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 24 – A defendant in a multi-defendant sex trafficking case Inner City Press was covering in March when COVID-19 canceled the trial, Justin Rivera, spoke on June 24 seeking to replace his lawyers Lisa Scolari and Susan Walsh, before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Engelmayer.  

 Judge Engelmayer asked Rivera to think carefully if he wanted to do a change of counsel, which he implied would be the last. Rivera insisted he wanted to make a change, and that he needs to be released back to state custody to finish programs that might allow him to be released in February 2021. 

 But, he was told, there are few transfers these days and he should stay in the MCC to confer with his incoming lawyer.

Previously, as Inner City Press reported, Scolari asked to withdraw as counsel to Tekashi #6ix9ine's co-defendant Kintea McKenzie / Kooda B, citing a conflict of interest that she wanted entirely sealed and Judge Engelmayer upheld, rejecting an Inner City Press formal request to unseal, at least partially.

This case is USA v. Randall et al., 19-cr-131 (Engelmayer).


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