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Amid COVID Judge Rakoff Releases George Joseph Who Has Been Passing Out In His Cell

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 26 -- George Joseph detained in FCI Danbury amid the COVID-19 pandemic applied for release to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff on June 26.

Inner City Press live tweeted it. Judge Rakoff sentenced George Joseph to 42 months; he's served 29 months of it.    Joseph has passed out in his cell several times, his lawyer said.    

Judge Rakoff: There is a prima facie case for his release. Let me hear from the government.  AUSA Swett: He hasn't met his burden.... Judge Rakoff: I won't comment on your unintentional pun, about it being fatal to his argument. But tell me more. 

AUSA Swett: I don't know if the court's common sense inference is accurate or not. I would rely on medical professionals.  Judge Rakoff: In the absence of a study... As you say, Coronavirus typically involves the lungs and the use of the lungs. That's why they put people in respirators and things like that. If you lung function has been compromised... 

AUSA Swett: Mr. Joseph bears the burden and he has not met it. Anyway FCI Danbury is in the position to treat it. Twice he suffered a breathing related condition - and he was treated almost immediately. 

Judge Rakoff: The Guidelines play a less than major role in my sentencing decisions. But goes the government agree that that loss amount was lower than what it was thought to be at sentencing, $1.5 to 3.5 million? 

AUSA Swett: Mr Joseph made $60-$80,000. 

Judge Rakoff: I'm ready to rule. I'm going to grant the motion. Defendant has exhausted his administrative remedies, though I've already ruled that could be waived. Home confinement is a serious punishment, that mitigates that there may be a slight disparity. 

Judge Rakoff: We're talking a few months. For all those reasons, the motion is granted. There needs to be an order putting together all the conditions that will be in place. I give you until Monday. He will not be released until Monday.

The case is US v. Joseph, 18-cr-179 (Rakoff). 


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