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After Ghost Gun Trial Guilty Verdict for Lesane Who Went Pro Se Citing Essex County Jail Mail

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 30 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York a man charged with drug and "ghost gun" offenses is defending himself at trial.

  On January 24, the trial proceeded before Judge Lewis J. Liman, with defendant Eric Lesane's probation officer on the witness stand being cross-examined... by Lesane. He ended each question with, "Is that correct?" Sometimes it was, and sometimes it wasn't.

  Judge Vernon S. Broderick had the case but, now presiding over the death penalty trial of Sayfullo Saipov, on January 6 he docketed an order that trial would proceed before Judge Liman, and that the parties must proposed redactions to the sealed Docket Number 51 by January 9. It was ordered unsealed on January 10 - but the link is still dead as of January 24.

 On January 25, Lesane crosse examined the government's narcotics expert (did her tests reveal the origin of the cannabis? No); next up was ATF firearms interstate nexus expert Eric Dornbusch, who said he began with DoD then the Chicago anti-gang unit, Brooklyn arson and explosives unit and now Hudson Valley. The courtroom had various exhibit boxes.

  On January 26, Lesane was brought late from the Essex County Correctional Facility (with, he said, another defendant on trial in SDNY). He spoke for himself at the charge conference.

  Judge Liman said he'd told the jury they would have the exhibits when they deliberate - but that was before he saw the guns and drugs and cash. The AUSA said a Marshal would have to be present. Lesane said if the jurors ask to see the physical evidence, they should be allowed.

On January 30, Inner City Press was in the courtroom when the jury returned verdicts of guilty on both counts. Judge Liman asked Lesane if he can submitted he briefs for reconsideration in two weeks. He said yes, as long as he gets his legal mail in the Essex County NJ facility. Sentencing was set for May 10 at 11 am

   The case is US v. Lesane, 22-cr-110 (Liman)



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