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In SDNY Sex Trafficking Charges Against Warren Bryant Disappear Like Victims In Plea Deal

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 12 – Warren Bryant was charged with sex trafficking, transportation for prostitution and narcotics conspiracy in January 2019 by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

   But on November 12 when Warren Bryant came before SDNY Judge Analisa Torres with Inner City Press the only media in the gallery, as it had been on Bryant's previous appearance, the US Attorney had made a plea agreement only on narcotics conspiracy, for 10 years imprisonment, with the sex trafficking charges dropped.

    Judge Torres asked if Bryant's allocution, limited to narcotics, was sufficient, and was told that it was. She summoned the lawyers including Bryant's Federal Defender Clay Kaminsky, up to the front for a whispered sidebar from which the word "victim" or "victims" could not be missed.

     It gave rise to an obvious question: if victims are supposed to be informed, particularly under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, what happens if the US Attorney simply drops the trafficking charges? Do the victims get notice of this important decision? It does not appear so.

    Judge Torres accepted the plea - Inner City Press can think of at least one SDNY Judge who might not have - and set sentencing for March 16 at 2 pm. Perhaps these issues will be addressed at that time. The case is US v. Bryant, 19-cr-00006 (Torres).


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