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Man Arrived Legless in SDNY Via Oklahoma in Gun Case now by Video from Gold Crest Center

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 9 – Ira Booker was charged with conspiracy to traffic in narcotics and automatic weapons, with the Sinaloa Cartel and even Al Shabaab. He was arrested in California on February 24, 2023.

 Two months later, on April 25, 2023 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang arraigned Booker, who was in a wheelchair.  

 His lawyer said that while being transferred from California to New York via the hub in Oklahoma, he was left in a place in shackles, got blood clots and ended up having a leg amputated.

   Upon arrival in New York, rather than the MDC in Brooklyn, he was placed in a rehabilitation center in the Bronx named Gold Crest. After arraignment he was to be taken back there.  

On April 27 District Judge Jennifer H. Rearden to her credit ordered records, albeit under seal.

On May 9, Judge Rearden held a status conference, with Booker still in Gold Crest: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Jennifer H. Rearden: Status Conference as to Ira Booker held on 5/4/2023. Defendant Ira Booker present by telephone from Gold Crest Care center with Federal Defender by video... The Court requested a status letter by Thursday, June 1, 2023, on the status of discovery. Next conference is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 2023, at 11:30 AM. Time is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act from today until June 5, 2023. Defendant remains remanded."

The case is  US v. Booker, 23-cr-120 (Rearden / Wang)


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