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In Bronx Drug Case Featuring Facebook Videos and Defendant's Rap Lyrics Now 108 Months

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 26 – A defendant charged in a drug conspiracy in the Bronx is having Facebook videos used against him.  

On March 29, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Loretta A. Preska held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

 The Assistant US Attorney said it didn't matter who had uploaded the video, it showed the defendant.

They have produced a message, "Sometimes I Be Wanting to Rob Mfers, But Iono What Ima Say When I Up the Glock." 

DOJ also cites his rap lyrics against him, quoting "13 I was selling packs, 15 I was in the trap, 17 I clapped my first, touchy I been doing that." Do they really need to use songs?  The question is raised in  proposed law pending in the NYS Senate.

On April 12, Judge Preska held another proceeding in the case, on CourtCall. Another defendant in the case has, as CJA counsel, the Kramer Levin firm.

On January 26, 2022 another co-defendant, Christopher Butler, was sentenced to 108 months: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Loretta A. Preska: Sentencing held on 1/26/2022 for Christopher Butler (6) Count 10. . The defendant is sentenced to: 108 months followed by 5 years of supervised release. All standard terms and conditions of supervised release with the special conditions of: searches, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, vocational/educational training, no contact with any gang members. Special assessment in the amount of $100 to be paid promptly. Open counts dismissed."

The case is US v. Lewis, et al., 20-cr-234 (Preska)


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