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Narco Tomas Colon Sealed Sentencing Memo Bid to Seal Reasons Denied After Press Filings

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 28 – The entire sentencing submission by Tomas Colon, described as the "leader of a major drug trafficking organization," was filed under seal on November 16.

That evening, Inner City Press wrote to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Valerie E. Caproni questioning and challenging the sealing. 

 On November 20, Judge Caproni ordered the defense to by November 28 "show cause why he should not be required to file a public version of his sentencing submission redacted only to protect sensitive information that is not already public." Colon's sentencing was pushed back to December 1.  

On November 27 Colon's counsel asked to seal even his response to the OTSC. Inner City Press filed opposition, which Judge Caproni docketed and denied the sealing. Order and filing on DocumentCloud here. Watch this site.

 This comes as, for example, all of the sentencing letters of OneCoin crypto currency fraudster Sebastian Greenwood were sealed, regarding which Inner City Press filed a notice of appeal and is now seeking pro bono appellate counsel to pursue.

Sentencing materials must be public, to understand the bases of sentencing. Watch this site.

 This case is US v. Colon, 18-cr-526 (Caproni)


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