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Larry Ray Had a Polygraph Machine But For Now Free Lawyer Still Not Appointed

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 26 – When Larry Ray was arraigned on charges of sexual exploitation, prostitution, forced labor and money laundering on February 12, he was wearing prison blues and still had a Federal Defender, but no financial affidavit to have FD appointed. Twitter theadette; More on Patreon here.  A new date of February 26 was set.

  But at the time, Ray had still not found his own lawyer, and the free Federal Defenders had not been appointed. The proceeding started late; Judge Liman is referring the proposed appointment of counsel - if Ray is entitled to a free lawyer - and his bail application to the SDNY Magistrates Court on Monday, March 2. Inner City Press will be there. Feb 26 thread here.

   Assistant US Attorney Lindsey Keenan rattled off things found in his storage locker, including "44 hard drives, 37 cell phones, 5 laptop, 4 Palm Pilots, 27 memory cards, 70 CDs, 7 recorders and a polygraph machine." Polygraph?

  Federal Defender Marni Lenox was for an open ended medical order. Judge Liman agreed only to list diabetes, absent more specifics. Their protective order is due in a week's time, if Federal Defenders are appointed. Is Ray poor enough? Recently in the Magistrates Court Inner City Press reported on a money laundering suspect with a $600,000 house getting a free lawyer - from Milkbank, no less.

  The February 26 sputtered out thusly: "Judge Liman: I'll direct that all discovery be complete in 10 weeks. I'm not setting a deadline for motions, but what more information do you need?

Federal Defender Lenox: We want to see the vast majority of the discovery before deciding.

 Judge Liman: You'd wait on a good motion to suppress? I'm skeptical. At the next conference I'll set a schedule. Let me set that date, and entertain an application for the exclusion of time under the Speedy Trial Act. Let's have the protective order by next week

Judge Liman: Next conference March 19 at 2pm. At that conference I'll set a date for motion. Ms Sassoon, do you have a sense how long a trial will take?

A: We'd estimate 3 weeks.

Judge Liman: I do 4 days a week. I might start taking about a trial date on March 19.

 AUSA: We move to exclude time under the Speedy Trial Act. Judge Liman: Based on no objection and my own assessment, I exclude time.

AUSA Sassoon: Just for the record, I'm Ms Sassoon, I know it's confusing, we both have glasses. Judge: OK. About that medical order

 Federal Defender: Can you email them about medical care? Judge Liman: Do you need me to specify which time of medical attention he needs?
FD: No... He's diabetic and there are other medical issues not being adequately addressed.
FD: OK, just the diabetes for now. Judge Liman: Ms Keenan? AUSA Keenan: No objection. Judge Liman: OK, have a good afternoon."

  Judge Lewis J. Liman after Ray pled not guilty asked Assistant US Attorney Danielle Sassoon to summarize the discovery in the case. She mentioned electronic devices seized at Ray's New Jersey home. She said some belonged to victims and that Ray has made them shoot sexual explicit video on them - then seized them for purposes of extortion.

  Now some serious review and editing, and a protective order, would be required before the contents of the devises are released to Ray. Judge Liman set the next conference for February 26 at 3 pm. Inner City Press will be there. More on Patreon here.

 The charges are serious and again had some in the court, many apparently students, shaking their heads: "extortion, sex trafficking, and forced labor.  As alleged in the indictment, RAY used physical and psychological threats and coercion to indoctrinate and exploit a group of college students in Westchester County as well as other victims.  RAY extorted approximately $1 million from at least five victims; forced certain victims to perform unpaid labor; and caused, through force, fraud, and coercion, at least one victim to engage in commercial sex acts.  He laundered the proceeds of his crimes through an internet domain business.  RAY committed these offenses in locations including Westchester County, New York, and New York, New York, as well as Pinehurst, North Carolina."  

The case has been assigned to new SDNY Judge Lewis J. Liman; Inner City Press will follow it. It is US v. Ray, 20-cr-110 (Liman).


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