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Omari Williams Still Not Arraigned After Oct 23 Arrest Now DOJ Proposes Use of Force On Him

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 14 –  Omari Williams was arrested and presented on October 23 and has been detained since. But he has yet to be arraigned. 

 On January 13, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Judge Koeltl said, with initial co-defendant Tyreek James on the line, "Is Mr. Williams here?"  

 No, was the answer. Mr Williams, it was said, was refusing to be produced or attend these proceedings. On PACER, still under the Magistrates Court docket, there are two Orders to Continue in the Interest of Justice, dated November 23 and December 23.  

Where is Mr. Williams?

Apparently, he is in the Essex County jail and wants out. His CJA lawyer Kenneth Montgomery offered some consent on Williams' behalf. 

 The complaint, back from May, was about a Porsche stolen from the 13th Street garage and driven across the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey.

 Where Williams now is, or is said to be, in the Essex County jail.  Judge Koeltl scheduled another proceeding for January 27.

 On January 14, in advance of that, the US Attorney's Office has proposed to Judge Koeltl an order authorizing the US Marshals and Essex Corrections "to use reasonable force necessary to remove the defendant, Omari Williams, from his cell in the Essex County Correctional Facility to be arraigned." Watch this site.

The case is US v. Williams, 20-mj-4932 (Koeltl)


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