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Unvaccinated Burgos Found Guilty By Jury and Remanded In SDNY Trial, Call In Line Added

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 25 – Jonathan Burgos began a jury trial on August 23, and Inner City Press was there. And, after two reports, a call-in line was put in the docket on Day 3, when the jury returned two verdicts of guilty and Burgos was remanded, see below.

    Back on August 16, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Valerie E. Caproni held a final pre-trial conference.

Judge Caproni called whether the term "overdose" could be used a close question, given that the witness would not be present to testify. She said the trial should finish before that Friday of that week, but might go into Friday if not. 

She asked Burgos if he is vaccinated - No - and either way, he had to raise his mask over his nose. She strongly urged him to get vaccinated. (Elsewhere on August 16 in SDNY, in Part 1 to be exact, Judge Jed S. Rakoff conditioned the pre-trial release of a defendant on getting vaccinated).

On August 23, Burgos and his lawyer were facing the judge's bench, while three prosecutors and a para-legal tech faced the jury. In the witness box Sergeant Burckhard said yes, he's seen these baggies and the crack, and the steel razor blades.
   The US Attorney's Office predicts that the defense will say NYPD tries unsuccessfully to conduct undercover drug purchases directly from the defendant.

While Inner City Press covered the direct and cross-examination (there was no re-direct) in person, it wrote: "it was unclear if there was a call-in line and if not, why not. It would help - if necessary to cite, particularly with an unvaccinated defendant."

On August 24 - it seemed there was no call in line -- the undercover officer who filmed drug buys in 1735 Lafayette Avenue in The Bronx was on the stand. He described six bags (of cocaine) for $100, and trying to cut out the middle man. A board of photos was growing in front of the jury. There was no cross examination.

On August 25, the jury began to deliberate, and Inner City Press went up in the gallery, along with two women. The jury asked for photos of the February 6, 2020 arrests (the bedroom photos shown on August 23), then said they wanted to stay to 6 pm to deliberate. In between, Judge Caproni's law clerk came to say a call-in line had been added to the docket - it's true - and Judge Caproni said, You see, sometimes we read you.

  Less than an hour later, the jury returned with two guilty verdicts. The US asked for remand, which the defense attorney opposed. Judge Caproni said that while she was sympathetic, the statute binds her hands. She ordered remand to the Marshals, then went to speak to the jury.

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This case is US v. Burgos et al., 20-cr-182 (Caproni)


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