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Tartaglione Guilty after Epstein MCC Bunking Now Gets 4 Life Sentences in SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 10 – To withhold documents about the death of Jeffrey Epstein in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan, the U.S. Department of Justice cited the then-pending trials of Corrections Officer Tova Noel and the still-pending death penalty trial Michael Thomas and former Briarcliff Manor Officer Nicholas Tartaglione.

But how much of it was a cover-up?   Inner City Press, which pushed for full access to the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, live tweeted it, here and below.

 On August 26, 2022 DOJ filed a lengthy, partially redacted opposition to Tartaglione's motions to strke the death penalty. It wrote, "the Death Penalty Notices alleges that Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez were "kidnapped and killed to prevent them from providing information to law enforcement regarding the kidnapping and murder of Martin Luna."

 DOJ's August 26 brief argues that "The Death Penalty is Constitutional" - then 10 pages of redacted responses on "as-applied Constitutional challenges." Inner City Press believed and believes that it should all be unsealed...

On April 6, 2023, Tartaglione was convicted of the quadruple murder, all counts, and SDNY said, "Today, a jury has found Tartaglione guilty of these heinous acts, sending a message that no one is above the law.  We commend the career prosecutors and investigators for their relentless pursuit of justice in this case over the past seven years, and for ensuring that Nicholas Tartaglione faces a lifetime in federal prison for his unconscionable murder of four men."

Then docketed: "LETTER by USA as to Joseph Biggs addressed to Judge Kenneth M. Karas from AUSAs Maurene Comey, Jason Swergold, and Jacob Fiddelman dated April 6, 2023 re: Sentencing and Unsealing Document filed by USA. (Comey, Maurene)."

On June 23, 2023, Tartaglione's lawyer wrote to Judge Karas about a non-docketed AUSA letter "regarding a telephone at the MDC," to say that the phone was not Tartaglione's and that he wants out of the MDC asap.  He was "place in the SHU (evidently the person who did plug in the telephone was a reputed gang member)." The request is for the video "of the incident which exonerates Mr. Tartaglione." Judge Karas has ruled that the US' response is due by June 27.

On June 27, the US Attorney's Office replied in opposition, saying there is no basis for their or the Court's involvement in this "administrative matter." It then characterizes the video - which it says the defendant should contest through the BOP disciplinary process.

On October 13, Tartaglione's sentencing was pushed back: "ENDORSED LETTER as to Nicholas Tartaglione addressed to Judge Kenneth M. Karas from Attorney Inga Parsons dated October 12, 2023 re: We therefore respectfully request that Mr. Tartaglione's post-trial motion date be extended to October 31, 2023, with the Government's response extended to November 30, 2023. We also request that the Court adjourn the current sentencing date of October 31, 2023, until after the resolution of the post-trial motions. ENDORSEMENT: All requests are granted. Sentence is adjourned to 2/21/24, at 2:00. So Ordered. (Signed by Judge Kenneth M. Karas on 10/12/2023)."

On June 10, Tartagione got four life sentences: "NICHOLAS TARTAGLIONE was sentenced today to four consecutive life sentences for his leadership role in the 2016 murders of Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna, and Hector Gutierrez.  TARTAGLIONE, who is a former police officer, orchestrated the kidnapping and murders of all four victims on April 11, 2016."

The case is US v. Tartaglione, 16-cr-832 (Karas)


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