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Defendant Scott Was Allowed Rare Alford Plea Now Co-Defendant Person Set For Oct 25 Plea

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 8 – Curtis Scott had a change of plea proceeding scheduled for July 21 - but he did not want to admit guilt. Ultimately, he was not required to.  

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Richard M. Berman held the proceeding. Inner City Press covered it, below.  

  Now on September 8 in the same overall case, co-defending Robert Person had an evidentiary hearing before Judge Berman. It concerned a state charge and violation of supervised released. But all seemed to be going well; Judge Berman said he was glad to hear it. A next hearing was set for October 25 at 12:30 pm, for plea and sentence.

Back in August the request was that Scott be permitted to make a rare Alford plea, under North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970).

 That is, Scott consented to the imposition of a prison sentence. The US Attorney's Office put in a Bronx grand jury indictment about guns and more.  

 Judge Berman accepted the Alford plea.

Then, a strange issue of "banked time" arose, requiring inquiry with the BOP's "Designation and Sentence Computation Center" in Grand Prairie, Texas - which opined that "if [Scott] was released to time served, there would be no over-served time." And so that's what was done: time served, with four years of supervised release.

The overall case is US v. Jones, 09-cr-983 (Berman)


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