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Man Arrived Legless in SDNY Via Oklahoma in Gun Case Still Medical Evaluation Year Later

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 3 – 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, 2023Judge 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."

Jump cut nearly a year to May 3, 2024 - Booker's medical condition still unresolved: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Jennifer H. Rearden: Status Conference as to Mittel Patel, Ira Booker held on 5/2/2024. Defendant Mittel Patel present with CJA attorney Jacob Kaplan. Defendant Ira Booker not present; appearance waived. Federal Defender Mark Gombiner present for Defendant Booker. AUSA Jonathan Bodansky present for the Government. Court reporter Sonia Moore present. As soon as a medical evaluation of Defendant Booker has taken place, the Government is directed to submit a status report with input from Mr. Gombiner regarding the outcome of the evaluation, including any testing, and any potential alternative resolution of this matter. The next conference is scheduled for June 20, 2024."

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


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