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Patterson Told ACS Child Was Sex Trafficked Now Gets 1 Year As Judge Rakoff Reflects

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 16 -- Maurice Patterson pleaded guilty in January 2011 to selling 50 grams and more of crack before Judge Jed S. Rakoff the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

   He reappeared nine years later on February 21, 2020 in a Violation of Supervised Release hearing that lasted until 7 pm, also before Judge Rakoff. Inner City Press was the only media there as Patterson's text messages to his daughter telling her to s*ck his d*ck were described.   

But this time Maurice Patterson had a white shoe law firm lawyer, a sometime CJA, Rita Glavin of Seward & Kissel. And with a team of three others including Brian Paul Maloney and Sareen Karla Armani, she made arguments Judge Rakoff called interesting, including that harassment in the second degree -- that is, telling ASC the mother of his daughter was sex trafficking her -- is not in fact a crime for purposes of the Federal Supervised Release provisions.  

 On May 15 Patterson appeared, by cell phone, for sentencing. He asked to speak for himself, saying, Rita, Rita, let me talk. He said the mother of his daughter has another man in jail on false rape claims. He dropped an F-bomb, then said, "Rakoff, listen to me." Then his phone cut off.

  During the wait for Patterson to call back in, Judge Rakoff said at 4 pm he would be "sitting" on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by designation. Unlike many others might, especially in UN-world, Judge Rakoff did not pull rank, did not protest at the defendant speaking for himself or cut him off.

  On December 16 Patterson and his counsel appeared, virtually, before Judge Rakoff again, and again Inner City Press covered it. Counsel was asking for an adjournment to check into a state law issues concerning VOSR Specification 7, but Patterson spoke up and asked to plead and be sentenced today. It happened.

  Judge Rakoff remarked that society had failed its responsibilities to Patterson, but also that he had no right to slap a woman. He sentenced Patterson to one year, concurrent; it seems he may go to Jamaica after that. It was a proceeding it will be worth checking the entire transcript of.

 Inner City Press will continue to cover this case.

   Back in February a written submission was requested of the government on that, while Glavin traveled to the Bahamas for some type of legal conference. Inner City Press in 2019 inquired, including directly to Glavin, how it was possible to represent the government in one case in the SDNY and those charged by the government in other cases, even if they waive it.   Apparently David Patton of Federal Defenders has said that merely reciting the conflict of interest, and having it dismissed by judges, is enough. But some conflicts are just conflict. Still, we will continue to cover this interesting case. It is US v. Patterson, 10-cr-94 (Rakoff). 


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