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Felon Detained for Gun in His Bronx Safe Just Wanted to Go Home Now Trial Set for May 13

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 10 – Deron Boone was arrested in 1924 Webster Avenue in The Bronx on February 14, 2023 for having a gun - in a safe - while a felon. 

 On August 22, 2023 Boone appeared before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul G. Gardephe.

 He pleaded not guilty to the indictment, and was seeking a change of counsel. 

 Judge Gardephe, who had asked the day's CJA counsel to be present in the gallery where Inner City Press also was, explained to Mr. Boone that the state and federal systems work differently.

Separate sovereigns, he said. Was Boone sure he wanted to change counsel?   After some whispering, he was not. He said he just wanted to go home. He already served more than a decade for a gun-related parole violation.

He was given until September 29 to make motions - was there probably cause to search his safe? - and Speedy Trial Act was excluded.

Jump cut to December 26, when the US submitted a post-hearing brief opposing Boone's counsel's motion to suppress. The prosecutors say the housing project apartment's leaseholder Benjamin Fortune had authority to let NYPD search Boone's room - and that Boone "did not object to Fortune's authority to consent to the search."

On April 10, 2024, Judge Gardephe set the trial for May 13: "ORDER as to Deron Boone: Trial is scheduled for May 13, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. Motions in limine, proposed voir dire, and requests to charge are due by April 29, 2024. Responsive papers are due by May 6, 2024. The Government's expert disclosures are due by April 29, 2024. The final pretrial conference is scheduled for May 10, 2024, at 10:00 a.m."

The case is US v. Boone, 23-cr-427 (Gardephe)


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