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Man Charged with 5 Kilos of Coke Has Indicted Lawyer Del Valle Now Maybe a CJA As Well

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 11 – A man charged in a five kilos of cocaine narcotics conspiracy has a lawyer who has been indicted and who, if convicted, would be disbarred.

 A move is afoot to assign him a second lawyer.  

On May 11, 2023, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel held a proceeding involving the indicted lawyer, Telesforo Del Valle. Inner City Press, which is covering both cases, was there.

  In jury box with US Marshals were Del Valle's client, Roberto Juan Nieves Perez and three co-defendants. Along with setting a next conference for September 7 at noon, Judge Castel asked Del Valle for the status of his case.  

 It has been indicted and assigned to a Northern District judge, sitting in the SDNY. Trial has been set for November 30.   Judge Castel instructed Del Valle to meet with his client and fill out a financial affidavit, with an eye to appointed a CJA lawyer as co-counsel.

   But what if the client is not eligible? Could he be ordered to pay for a second lawyer? Or made to go to trial pro se if Del Valle is convicted at trial, or pleads guilty to a felony? Inner City Press will stay on the cases.

  The overall case here is US v. Rodriguez, et al., 19-cr-536 (Castel) 


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