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Harris After Plea on Ashley Biden Diary Fails to Surrender As Arrested Speeding With Pot in SC

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Substack

SDNY Exclusive follow up, July 9 -  For taking and transporting Ashley Biden's diary from Florida to New York, guilty pleas on no notice were entered by Robert Kurlander and Aimee Harris. Inner City Press was there, and live tweeted below.

On January 29, 2024 the day before her sentencing scheduled for January 30, Harris wrote in through counsel to ask to appear by video to request an adjournment, saying she is sick and has no childcare.

On January 30, Inner City Press was in the courtroom. At first, Harris would not unmute; when she did there was shouting, police radio squawk, and a stand-off. Thread

On February 5, Inner City Press went. Thread

On March 25, before the March 27 sentencing, the US Attorney's Office wrote in including that "the Government understands that the defendant did not comply with this Court’s directive" - full letter on Patreon here.

On February 5, the judge said "Ms. Harris, you must be here in person for the March 27, 2024 sentencing date. I do not want to have to consider

More including transcript photo (X subscribers) here and on Substack here

On March 27 at 2:30, thread

Judge: See you on April 9.

Then after the judge left the bench, Aimee Harris spoke into an open / hot mic

More on X for Subscribers here & Substack here

On April 2, the US Attorney's Office wrote in asking for four months in prison (compared to, previously, six months home confinement). Letter on Patreon here.

On April 9, Harris did appear for sentencing - and after sobbing, got one month in prison. Thread on X here (on Meta's Threads here) - and more on X for Subscribers here and on Substack here.

On July 1, before the July 9 surrender date, this: "ORDER as to Aimee Harris. Defense counsel has requested a conference, informing the Court that Defendant may wish to apply for change of counsel and make an application for bail pending appeal. Defense Counsel has further informed the Court that Defendant wishes to attend the conference remotely.1 A conference will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 11:30 a.m."

Inner City Press went to cover it - but was quickly asked to leave the courtroom, which was sealed after Aimee Harris said she is being harassed by people who identify themselves as journalists. Hallway thread:

[Before Judge in] Clerk: Ms Harris, can you hear us?

Aimee Harris ["appearing" in SDNY court virtually from Florids] Only every other word.. I'll move and take my earbuds out.  [Now Aimee Harris appears on screen in SDNY courtroom, white headphones on, turquoise wall behind her] Aimee Harris: You sound far away but I can hear you.

All rise!

 Judge: Ms Harris, please turn your camera on. I have the CJA attorney on duty today here.  Judge: Ms Harris has changed from 2 Criminal Justice Act lawyers earlier in this case. Now there's a request ex parte and under seal. Aimee Harris (camera view bobbing around) I signed to be here by Zoom. Are there other people in the courtroom there? Yes. 

Aimee Harris: I am concerned. I have been harassed by people identifying themselves as reporters... Judge: We are going into sealed session, to discuss attorney -client privilege issues. I ask the Press to leave [While many such Curcio hearing are open, I leave]  [It is 11:57 am and the Press is out by the elevators, outside the courtroom.

 Update - allowed back in at 12:55 pm - one hour sealed. Judge: The transcript will remain sealed.. The request for a change of counsel has been denied. And surrender remains Tuesday, July 9

On July 9 the US Attorney's Office wrote it that Harris failed to surrender, as she "was arrested on July 8, 2024 in McIntosh County, Georgia. Based on  information that Pretrial Services received from the McIntosh County Sherriff’s Office, the  Government understands that the defendant was charged with multiple offenses, including driving  with a suspended license, speeding, possession of an open container, possession of marijuana, and  obstruction of a law enforcement officer. The defendant is currently in state custody in connection  with those charges." Full letter on Patreon here.

More on X for Subscribers here & Substack here

The case is US v. Harris, 22-cr-457 (Swain)



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