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Accused Oxy Nurse Was Freed in SDNY Mag Court Now Gets Change of Counsel

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 28 – Back on July 8, the US Attorney's Office for the SDNY announced that "Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York... announced today the unsealing of a criminal Complaint in Manhattan federal court charging PURIFICACION CRISTOBAL, a nurse practitioner who operated a medical clinic in the Bronx, New York, with illegally distributing large quantities of oxycodone.  CRISTOBAL was taken into custody this morning and is expected to be presented before Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn later today."  

  Inner City Press, which covers the SDNY, immediately called in to the CourtCall line since the Magistrates Court has been closed for months. But the case that was on was not on Cristobal / Oxy.

  First it was a Mr. Watson, no press release by SDNY, who wanted to be released on bond. Denied.  

   Then it was Mr. Scott, "in the courthouse," also detained.  

   Finally past 6:30 pm on the same line, oxy nurse Cristobal was presented. A bail package had been agreed to, and her relative was outside the courthouse to drive her home.   It may be the difference between violent crime and non violent crime.

   But Inner City Press asked, even then, why would the SDNY US Attorney, under fire in the US v. Nejad and US v. Ahuha and Shor cases, put out a press release about a defendant they were agreeing to free, while not putting out anything on two other defendants they managed to detain?

 On October 28 Purification Cristobal appeared before the assigned District Judge Katharine Polk Failla for a change of counsel. Peter E. Brill has discovered a conflict of interest, and said that "Dr. Cristobal has retained Julie Rendelman." The change of counsel was effectuated.

    This case is now US v. Cristobal, 20-cr-463 (Failla).


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