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Dominican Man On Drug Charge With Quinn Emanuel Wins Release But No GPS Then Pro Hac Vice

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 18 -- A Dominican man extradited to the US to face cocaine trafficking charges was ordered released on March 18 by SDNY Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave, on $100,000 bond with the government's request for a stay of release to permit appeal denied.

 In that proceeding in the SDNY Magistrates Courtroom 5A, Francisco Antonio Perez Fernandez was represented by retained counsel Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel. Once he was ordered released, Spiro left. Inner City Press, the only media then in the Mag court, remained.

  But there was a delay as no GPS ankle bracelet to install on him could be found. In the interim, Assistant US Attorney Matthew Hellman called the chambers of SDNY Chief Judge Colleen McMahon, who has the case. Hellman was referred to the sitting Part 1 Judge, SDNY District Judge Valerie Caproni.

   There, again with Inner City Press present, Perez Fernandez was represented by a Quinn Emanuel associate, Joshua Stanton, who is not yet formally admitted to the New York Bar. Judge Caproni admitted him pro hac vice while asking, Why did Mr. Spiro not return?   

AUSA Hellman largely rehashed his arguments from the Mag Court. Judge Caproni zeroed in on the group pleading in the extradition affidavit, which left it unclear what exactly the defendant said, or knew.

    Judge Caproni denied AUSA Hellman's request for detention, but said Judge Cave's conditions of release were inadequate. She increased the bond from $100,000 to $250,000 (Spiro had offered $1 million, and Stanton said his client's family has the money).

She also said the two financially responsible person must be vetted and sign before Perez Fernandez is released. The case is US v. Perez Fernandez, 16-cr-254 (McMahon / Cave / Caproni). 


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