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Ex NYPD Ed Mullins Changes Lawyers But Discovery Still Limited, Next Is Jan 5

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 7 – In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 23, a detention or release proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein on former NYPD Sargeant and union official Ed Mullins, who was released on $250,000 personal recognizance bond and had no comment (unlike Sarah Palin) out on Worth Street.

Another condition of release: "no contact with members / officers of SBA relating to the allegations in the Information."

  The US Attorney's Office says, "Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced today that EDWARD D. MULLINS, the former President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (“SBA”), the union that represents all current and former Sergeants of the New York City Police Department, was charged with one count of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from the SBA, through the submission of fraudulent expense reports.  MULLINS surrendered to the FBI in Manhattan this morning, and was presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein.  The case has been assigned to United States District Judge John G. Koeltl."

On March 17, Inner City Press went to cover the case before Judge Koeltl and live tweeted, here:

OK - for NYPD's Mullins, now outside Judge's door for listed 2:30 proceeding. Three prosecutors here.  But it's locked.

Now in courtroom, Mullins and two lawyers, one in a 3-piece suit. He's Mark Mukasey.  All rise!

AUSA says parties agree to 45 day continuance, for discovery seized from SBA HQ under warrants.

Judge: So conference in 60 some days. Mukasey: Mr Mullins was a cop for 40 years and honorably for most of it.

On July 13, Judge Koeltl held another conference in the case, and Inner City Press covered and live tweeted it, here:

OK - now US v. Ed Mullins. Assistant US Attorney: The parties are working toward a pre-trial disposition in this matter. So please set the next date 45 days out. We'll be able to update then. Defense counsel: That's accurate.

 Judge Koeltl: The Court doesn't get involved in pre-trial disposition, that's up to defendant with advice of counsel. Next date: Sept 13 at 4:30?

Defense counsel Marc Mukasey : I have a trial before Judge Ramos on Sept 12 that is mostly certainly going. [US v. Trevor Milton, which Inner City Press is also covering]

Jump cut to October 7, when the next conference was scheduled. Mullins changed lawyers, from Mukasey - who is on a one week break from US v. Milton after a positive COVID test - to Thomas A. Kenniff. The conference was held; Judge Koeltl proposed another 45 days out. Kenniff counter-proposed 60 days. Discovery is still limited. The next conference is set for January 5 at 11 am - probably in person, Judge Koeltl said, predicting that the COVID orders allowing phone conferences in criminal cases would not be renewed. But shouldn't the phone or video option be continued?

The case is US v. Mullins, 22-cr-120  (Koeltl).




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