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Seshan Again Seeks Release To Scranton From FMC Devens Amid Delta Variant and Dialysis

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 5 – Ramesh Seshan got a ten year sentence for, among other things, selling crack in the Bronx and shooting another crack dealer on December 4, 2013. The dealer did not die.

  On April 30, 2020 Seshan represented by the Federal Defenders asked U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John F. Keenan to be released from prison.   Judge Keenan asked the Federal Defender why her papers did not address the crime of violence and danger to the community, issues he is required to consider.

The response was, "Let me look at my letter."

  "You shouldn't have to look at it," Judge Keenan cut in. He asked for further submissions, including on whether if Sehshan is released to a relative's four bedroom house in Scanton, Pennsylvania he can get dialysis there. It seems a dialysis operator in Scranton himself became sick; it was implied in the proceeding, with COVID-19.  Ultimately Keenan denied the application: OPINION & ORDER as to Ramesh Seshan. Before the Court is an emergency motion by Ramesh Seshan for a sentence reduction to time served and his immediate release from the Federal Medical Center, Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts ("FMC Devens"), or, in the alternative, for immediate transfer to home confinement, due to Seshan's serious underlying health issues, including his end-stage renal failure requiring dialysis, and the threat he faces from the Coronavirus, COVID-19 ("COVID-19"). The Government opposes Seshan's motion as procedurally barred because his earlier petition under the applicable statute, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)(i), which was filed in July 2019, did not raise COVID-19 as a justification for compassionate release, and substantively meritless because Seshan's preexisting medical conditions, the circumstances of his incarceration, and the 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) sentencing factors do not warrant a modification to his term of imprisonment.  Seshan's motion for reduction in sentence or home confinement pursuant to the First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), is DENIED. The Clerk of Court is directed to terminate the motions docketed at ECF Nos. 34 and 37. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge John F. Keenan on 5/6/2020). 

On November 5, 2021, docketed was Seshan's supplement to his renewed request, citing End Stage Kidney Disease and the Delta variant.

  The case is US v. Seshan, 14-cr-00620 (Keenan).


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