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Man Avoids Jail on Day Before Thanksgiving Given GPS on Home Detention in Shelter

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SDNY COURTROOM, Nov 24 – In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on the afternoon of November 24, the day before Thanksgiving, a detention proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Stuart D. Aaron on a defendant who had been arrested in Brooklyn and released on state charged, but held on a Federal detainer.

Damon Bignon is charged with violating his supervised release, including by assault while staying in the CAMBA shelter in Brooklyn. Inner City Press live tweeted here:

AUSA says he came into Federal custody yesterday.

Defendant speaks up: No! It was Friday! 

"The Government is seeking detention."

AUSA: No GPS bracelet could be installed today.

Judge's clerk puts in call to verify. Turns out, GSP bracelet *can* be installed today

  And that may have made all the difference. Pending seeing District Judge Jesse M. Furman on December 1, Bignon was ordered released with GPS, set to "home detention" although he doesn't have a home. Call it a Thanksgiving miracle.

   Bignon, speaking for himself, said that he had previously missed contacting Probation because just after his last appearance before Judge Furman in August, he had his skull fractured.

This case is US v. Bignon, 18-cr-783 (Furman / Aaron)



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