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US Drops Defendant Ex Wife After Message But January Layoff From Target Means Detained

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 16 – The day before Melike McCrimmon's bail hearing, one witness against him (his ex-wife) was dropped by the US Attorney's Office after "troubling communications to his current girlfriend" which the defense submitted but did not put in the public documents. 

  On September 16 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Daniels held the lengthy bail hearing. Inner City Press covered it.  

By dropping the ex-wife as a witness, the US Attorney's Office also dropped their "danger to the community" arguments, relying instead only on risk of flight.

They emphasized previous non-appearances, and what they called a misleading of the authorities with falsified medical records.  

 McCrimmon's CJA lawyers from the Sher Tremonte firm emphasized that he is hard working.

Judge Daniels asked why he lost his job at Target and was told, Because of the pandemic. But the termination was in January 2020. Prescient? 

  Next they talked about an online platform or app for offering handyman skills.

Judge Daniels, ever practical, asked How much did you make? The answer wasn't clear.  

Ultimately Judge Daniels denied bail, but said he would push for as fast a trial as possible.

The case is US v. McCrimmon, 20-cr-343 (Daniels)


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