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In Narcotics Trial Spanning Bronx to NJ Shannon Found Guilty Now Rodrique No Show

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 4 – Robert Shannon has been on trial for drugs and guns. He is in Essex County Corrections Facility. 

And he will remain incarcerated. On August 16, with Inner City Press the only media in the courtroom, the jury returned a guilty verdict, 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

 On March 29, 2021, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John P. Cronan held a proceeding on Shannon. Inner City Press covered it.

  On the question of discovery, the defense lawyer said he was getting a bigger thumb drive or hard drive, but that review of the discovery in the Essex jail's law library was difficult.

Shannon spoke for himself as to the limitation.

 On March 31, 2021 Judge Cronan held a proceeding on co-defendant Kareem Roderique. There was more talk about hard drives for discovery.

Jump cut to October 5, 2022: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge John P. Cronan: Status Conference as to Kareem Roderique held on 10/4/2022. Defense Counsel Hannah McCrea present. AUSA Patrick Moroney present. Court Reporter: Sharonda Jones. Defendant did not appear. Defense Counsel shall advise the government and the court of Mr. Blyden's status by 5 p.m. today. Speedy trial time is excluded from today, October 5, 2022, until October 6, 2022, in the interests of justice. Bail continued. (Sentencing set for 11/9/2022 at 02:30 PM before Judge John P. Cronan.)"

On August 9, 2022, when Judge Cronan was presiding over the trial. Shannon's lawyer was question the supervising Agent who arrested cooperator Ken Johnson, described as a big fish who raised $185,000 in a week. Once arrested, and in handcuffs, he started naming names. But Shannon's name didn't appear in the group chat until 38 minutes in, his lawyer pointed out.

On August 11, Ken Johnson was on the witness stand. He was shown video of his wife carting a big suitcase into her car - leased, he pointed out - soon after he was arrested and started cooperating. He insisted that in the suitcase, which he called a briefcase, were only an Xbox, a Playstation and headphones.

   He was asked about gang signs and a long history of cooperation.

On August 12 Judge Cronan asked Shannon if he was going to testify. No, Shannon said. The jury was called back and, Juror 4 was let go (there are two alternates), and then the charging conference, not long. It is coming to a close.

The case is US v. Shannon, et al., 21-cr-56 (Cronan)


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