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NYPD Detective Had Sex with JPMC Witness So SDNY Trial Delayed as Detention Continues

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 11 – Laurell Wells has been in prison awaiting trial on bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges, including a teller at JPMorgan Chase. 

 On July 6, 2023, Inner City Press was in the courtroom, the only media there, when Wells through two lawyers said that the teller had sex with NYPD Detective Clifford Spell and that therefore the search warrant for his phone(s) was invalid. 

  Judge Jed S. Rakoff asked if Detective Spell has been discipline, if he is still with the NYPD.    Assistant US Attorney Kathine Cheng replied that she didn't know, they "we are initiated the IAB process." 

 Judge Rakoff agreed to delay the impending trial to September 19, with a hearing set for September 5. He said more - see extra on Substack here.

On July 10, Judge Rakoff held a bail hearing and Inner City Press was there. Docketed: "ORDER as to Laurell Wells. On July 10, 2023, the Court held a hearing on defendant's application for release on bail. After full consideration of the written submissions and oral argument, the Court concludes that defendant must continue to be detained at this time, and consequently the application is denied. A memorandum detailing the reasons for this decision will issue in the next few days. (Signed by Judge Jed S. Rakoff on 7/11/2023)."

The case is US v. Wells, 20-cr-633 (Rakoff)


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