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Edwin Alamo With Asthma In MCC Loses Bail Motion On Danger and Risk of Flight Grounds

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 7 – Edwin Alamo, a 25-year old Bronxite with asthma incarcerated in lower Manhattan in the Metropolitan Correctional Center amid the Coronavirus pandemic, had an hour-long bail hearing on April 7 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Richard M. Berman.

   Alamo could not easily have been before a more sympathetic judge. After one of his relatives described Alamo trying to get treatment for asthma at Einstein Hospital in The Bronx in February 2019, Judge Berman called the whole situation heartbreaking and tragic. 

  But unlike for example cooperator Daniel Hernandez a/k/a Tekashi #6ix9ine, also with asthma, and unlike convicted OneCoin money launderer Mark Scott, Edwin Alamo was not released.

   After Assistant US Attorney Daniel Wolf questioned the relative about the walk-up apartment building in which Alamo would be staying, and his failure to fill his prescription for an asthma pump (the relative said he has not health insurance), the legal standard was not met. 

 Judge Berman found both that Alamo if released would present a danger to the community, and a risk of flight given the amount of time he faces on drug courier and other charges.  Recidivism also, in fairness, was an issue, perhaps the dispostive one.

 His next hearing, at which unlike this one he will perhaps be present, is set for May 7. The case is US v. Alamo, 19-cr-640 (Berman).  


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