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Ortega On Trial for Fentanyl Cocaine Subpoenas Cooperator He Says Spreads HIV in MDC

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SDNY COURTROOM EXCLUSIVE, Jan 16 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on December 16, 2022 Billy Ortega was brought in by US Marshals and pleaded not guilty to his role in the death by fentanyl laced cocaine of Julia Ghahramani, 26, a first-year lawyer at Akin Gump, Ross Mtangi, 40, a trading executive at Credit Suisse Group AG, and Amanda Scher, 36, a social worker.

  There were four family members in the gallery, where Inner City Press was the only media.

   District Judge Ronnie Abrams asked about recently provided discovery, in advance of the trial scheduled for January 18. The Assistant US Attorney replied that some phones had only recently been accessed; there are many text messages on them.

On January 13, Judge Abrams held the final pre-trial conference in Courtroom 110 where the trial will be. Inner City Press was there. Judge Abrams ruled on a number of motions in limine, asking the prosecution why they couldn't redact information about Ortega being behind on child support from one of their exhibits; she asked the defense to consider, before trial, who Ortega allegedly being a family man would be relevant and not an invitation to nullification, like a mention of the sentenced - 25 years mandatory - that he faces.

On January 16, one of Ortega's lawyers filed a memo alleging, with exhibits, that Kaylen "Rainer who is now a government cooperator... who is HIV positive prostitutes himself with inmates at the MDC without the knowledge of the inmates of Rainey's HIV status" and "sells fentanyl laced marijuana and synthetic heroin at the MDC." The allegation is that the US Attorney's Office has never looked into this, or spoken with letter-writer Jonathan DeLaura - who has been subpoenaed.

The trial starts January 18.

The case is US v. Ortega, et al., 22-cr-91 (Abrams)



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