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Woman From Norway Now Out on Bail For Threatening US Judge As Kids Flown Away

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 10 – A woman from Norway was put in US Federal custody charged with threatening a US judge. Inner City Press was in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court late on January 9 when, as the last case, Dana Marie Eiden was brought into the courtroom in shackles.

    It was explained that there are two cases against her, one now involving "civil contempt" and a second one, still not even listed in the PACER court system database, for threatening the judge. 

  The civil case began in 2018 before then-District Judge Richard J. Sullivan. Per Magne Eiden asserted that Dana Marie Eiden had kept their children in the US against his well, and allegedly against the Hague Convention.

    Flash-forward to late 2019, and Per Magne's lawyers at Gourvitz & Gourvitz ("We Think Outside The Box") were urging now Circuit Judge Sullivan to "issue an immediate arrest warrant for Ms. Eidem." Apparently they prevail: Ms. Eiden is locked up, now also with a criminal case for threatening a judge.

    Ms. Eiden's Federal Defender declined on January 9 to make a bail argument, instead asking to re-appear before Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman on January 10 after 4:30 pm proceeding before Judge Sullivan, noticed to be in Courtroom 15C which has already been assigned to new Judge Lewis J. Liman.

  On January 10 the civil case was moved up to 2 pm. Inner City Press went: Ms. Eiden was brought out in shackles. Mr. Eiden's lawyers called in and said Mr Eiden and the children have flown back to Norway. Judge Sullivan vacated the civil contempt order - but Ms. Eidem was still locked up, pending a bail proceeding before Magistrate Judge Freeman.

  When that happened, the Assistant US Attorney announced that they were now offering a bail package: $50,000 bond, no entry except for these case into 500 Pearl Street and 40 Foley Square, and "no contact with the judge referenced in the Complaint."

  Judge Freeman noted that the judge's name is not in the complaint, "but I don't think there's any secret." Judge Sullivan had a representative in the Magistrate Court gallery. Whether this case has been handled optimally is an open question - and the complaint is STILL not in PACER, at 9 pm on January 10.

   Inner City Press will continue to cover both cases - and the new judge. More on Patreon here. 


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