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As AG Garland Talks Fentanyl and Hate Crimes Court Transparency Duties of DOJ Unaddressed

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 27 – When US Attorney General Merrick Garland came to New York City on November 27 his stated focus was not on the financial crimes that consume so much media coverage but on guns and fentanyl and now, amid the Gaza war, hate crimes.  

Unmentioned, but by the Press outside, was the Department of Justice's duties on court transparency in their criminal cases.

Defendant after defendant, in asking to seal sentencing letters and even memo, says that "the Government takes no position." 

But it should. Take for example Binance's Changpeng Zhao's bond co-signers, still sealed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. These same suretor documents, Inner City Press filed to unseal as to Sam Bankman-Fried. Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled that they had to be unsealed. But DOJ takes no position on CZ's?   

OneCoin co-founder Sebastian Greenwood filed all of his sentencing letters under seal, and SDNY prosecutors took no position. Now Inner City Press has filed a Notice of Appeal, and SDNY a notice of appearance. To keep the letters sealed?  

On November 28, we'll learn DOJ's position on the complete sealing of narco defendant Tomas Colon's sentencing memo. The list goes on.

  Law enforcement officials in attendance were NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban, U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio, Christie Curtis, Robert Kissane, Anthony Bivona, Eric Reese, Paul Roberts, Frank Tarantino, Ivan Arevalo of HSI Investigations, Patrick Freaney, Thomas Fantorusso, and John De Vito.


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