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Sex Cultist Larry Ray Got 60 Years Now Pollok Owes $1.9 Million But Disputes Payment Schedule

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Podcast Vlog

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 17 – Larry Ray was found guilty of sexual exploitation, prostitution, forced labor and money laundering on April 2, 2022. Inner City Press live tweeted the verdict here and below. And see book, here.

  On January 20, Larry Ray was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here and below.

On March 6, Ray's Federal Defenders asked that Ray be allowed to stay at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn while he is appealing to the Second Circuit; they said the US Attorney's Office took no position on the request.

On March 7, Judge Liman ordered: "as to Lawrence Ray (1): Upon the application of the defendant Lawrence Ray, Bureau of Prison Register Number 58374-053, by his attorney Marne Lenox, of the Federal Defenders of New York, it is hereby ORDERED, pursuant to Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 38(b)(2), that the Court formally recommends to the Attorney General that Mr. Rays custody be retained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, pending his direct appeal. (Signed by Judge Lewis J. Liman on 3/7/2023)."

On February 6, the US Attorney's Office filed its sentencing submission on co-defendant Isabella Pollok, asking for a five year sentencing for, among other things, handing Larry Ray the plastic bag he used to suffocate Claudia Drury and suggesting the publication of Stuart Pilch's name.  But what about Tania Ray?

On May 12, Judge Liman held a hearing on Pollok's restitution and forfeiture. On May 17, he docketed: "Parties have agreement on amount of restitution, but disagree with respect to the proposed payment schedule. The Court heard argument from both parties regarding the proposed payment plan. The Court orders that the defendant is to pay restitution in the amount of $1,941,412.78. By Friday, May 19, 2023, parties are to submit to the Court either an agreed upon order of restitution or competing orders of restitution. The Court modifies paragraph 2 of the Money Judgment/Forfeiture Order Payment Plan Agreement by adding the language "with no requirement of consecutive monthly payments"

Back on February 22, Pollok was sentenced to 54 months. Inner City Press was there and live tweeted, here & here

OK- at Isabella Pollok sentencing, Felicia and Yolitza are here in courtroom but won't speak. Only the lawyers and Pollok.

AUSA Keenan: Isabella Pollok picked up more than $1 million of cash from Claudia Drury's forced prostitution, and put some of it in Felicia Rosario's bank account.

Pollok's lawyer Bertran: She did these things because Ray brainwashed her. Judge: She pled guilty. Are you withdrawing that? Bertran: No.

OK - now more (and faster) Bertran: Claudia is thankful she was not in Isabella's position. She does not want vengeance.  Isabella wanted to be a lawyer. Ray denied her that chance. She works in Amazon Warehouse. Jail for her would be unduly harsh.

Judge Liman: Let's say I agree, that a person in Ms. Pollok's circumstance that engaged in the conduct for 6 years, how could one argue to the next cult member to break away or cooperate?  Bertran: I can't speak to future cases.  Here, she has made that break

Judge Liman: Ms. Shellow? Shellow: I'd like a break. Judge Liman: Four minutes. OK - Isabella Pollok sentencing, Part II. Bertran said she was brainwashed. Now 2d defense lawyer Ms. Shellow, then Pollok herself. Inner City Press covered the trial and will live tweet thread below

Shellow: Ms. Pollok had no life line, no opportunity to go away. She did what Ray conditioned her to do. It's different from free will -- Judge Liman: You're not disputing she acted of her own volition, are you? Shellow: No. But there was a myth, a web, a cult

 Shellow: There are videos of Mr. Ray beating her and pulling her hair... Your Honor raised the question, why Ms. Pollok was so afraid of having her psychological records subpoenaed -- Judge Liman: No, I was objecting to the idea the court could be used that way

Shellow: I got into this case in July of 2021. I spent hours with Ms. Pollok to try and understand where she was coming from. It was one thread at a time.  Her mother and aunt, she was totally estranged from them

 Shellow: Isabella needed guidance and support that Sarah Lawrence College should have been able to provide, with its slogan, You are different and so are we. But she was still a loner. I do not understand how a small college let Ray live in a dorm

 Shellow: Talia thought her father was helping Isabella. Or really, I don't know - I've never spoken with Talia. I've never understood the government calling Talia a lieutenant, then only charging Isabella -- Judge Liman: They together delighted at torture.

 Judge Liman: You're not focus on what I'm focused on, which is an adult woman who engages in harm to a lot of people. This scheme would not have succeeded the way it did without Isabella Pollok.  Shellow: She was fungible! Judge Liman: She was not an automaton.

 AUSA: Drug gangs have controlling leaders. But the members have agency. Ms. Pollok does not have less agency, going to a private college. Daniel Levin didn't join in torture. Neither did Santos Rosario: he hurt himself

 Judge Liman: I've reviewed Ms. Drury's letter, but I have my own responsibility, to society. Ms. Pollok? Isabella Pollok: I badly hurt my friends and I am ashamed. I am truly sorry. Judge: Take your time. But she's done. Judge Liman takes a break - sentence next

All rise! Judge Liman: Ms. Pollok, your crime lasted a long time and injured many people. It involved extreme violence.  You assumed because he was evil, you were innocent. But you were far from innocent. You collected millions of dollars from prostitution

 Judge Liman: In Pinehurt [NC] a lock was placed on the fridge. But you had the key. You did not need to participate in the torture of Ms. Drury. When she found a lifeline, you devised threatening messages. Exhibits 1634 and 1640 are chilling

Judge Liman: There is evidence in mitigation, which I accept. That you were young, that you did not have a support system.  But as the sentencing judge, I must take into account the crime you committed.

Judge Liman: You had a choice here, to participate in crime and enjoy it, or say no. That may have been difficult. But no one forced you to engage in the money laundering. Isabella Pollok, I sentence you to 54 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons

On February 14, Judge Liman noted a letter filed under seal and correctly asked that cause be shown: "the party who submitted the letter is ordered to show cause with specificity on or before February 16, 2023 why the letter should not be made public prior to the time of sentencing. (Signed by Judge Lewis J. Liman on 2/14/2023)."

After 9 pm on February 14, counsel to Pollok filed the letter... from Claudia Drury. She writes: "I recognize that Isabella is not simply a victim and understanding her role in things is very complicated... It is often discussed how she participated in the assault against me in the Gregory Hotel... It was cruel and I was hurt by the things she said in a moment of tremendous vulnerability. Being cruel, however, is not a crime... I believe Isabella deserves to be shown lenience and mercy." We'll see.

From January 20: OK: now sex cultist of Sarah Lawrence college Larry Ray is about to be sentenced. Inner City Press covered the trial, the John List (of Claudia Drury) and wrote a booklet about it and will live tweet, thread below

Judge Liman: Larry Ray was arrested for securities fraud, and violated terms of probation and supervised release. In 2010 he pled to interference with custody. The guidelines are 360 months to life. No departure is available. Are there victims who wish to be heard?

Assistant US Attorney: Santos Rosario, Mr. Daniel Levin, and Claudia Drury's attorney. We'll start with her.

Drury's friend and attorney, formerly of Simpson Thacher: Claudia did not attend because she wants to move on. But she wrote this:

Drury's letter: He lured me in with the promise of making my family a healthier one. Then he convinced me I'd poisoned him and his family. He'd call me and say they were dying. He made me work as a prostitute to pay back for imaginary damage

 Drury's letter: I feel profoundly violated. I trusted Larry Ray with  everything. He destroyed my life, convinced me I was evil, he sexually groomed me, enslaved me in prostitution, beat me, extorted me - he bound me and suffocated me with a plastic bag

 Drury's letter: He called m a B-list actress. So when I left emotions, I thought I was being disingenuous. I have nightmare. I have been unable to hold any job. Everything exhausts me.  [Larry Ray is in prison beige, with two US Marshals behind him, & 5 lawyers]

 Drury's lawyer: My mother has stress related health issues. This is a man who prefers to target families. He gave me an eating disorder. I'd eat from a pile of junk food to the toilet and then see a client. Then repeat it. I'd throw up in client's homes.

 Drury's lawyer: I didn't get my period. I was freezing all the time. Stomach acid ate my teeth. My front tooth chipped. The day I left New York and severed contact with Larry as the day I started recovering. It was hell, a deliberate campaign to break me

 Drury's lawyer: Every time I was forced to prostitute I became more numb. Larry wanted to watch me break into pieces and give the parts away. Nothing was enough. He threatened to expose my clients. Everything I touched ended up broken. I lied to everyone. Drury's letter: I pushed myself past every limit. My soul was completely depleted. I was catatonic. I would say, Get off of me. I am often disgusted with myself. I feel backwards and unnatural. I am still so sorry, just like I was when I believed I had poisoned

 Drury's letter: No one deserves such a broken version of life. I don't know what made Larry this way. It doesn't matter. I have no forgiveness. I forced me to feel what it must be like to be him. He was experimenting on our souls, like lab mice.

Drury's letter: Larry will bide his spite and unleashed it on our loved ones. I have one thing to say to him directly. You are still a human being. You cannot escape that or your soul. However you have tarnished it. I am rebuilding. I believe in God.

 Judge Liman: Thank you. Next I'll hear from Santos Rosario. [He's in a sweater, at podium] Santos: In 2010 I was 19 years old and a sophomore in college. I was happy. Then I met Larry Ray. The next decade was misery. My family was ripped apart.

Santos: He used me to drain all my family's money. I was contemplating suicide. I left one of the top colleges in the country. He blackmailed me, he took away everything that made me, me. By 2012 I had lost my sense of self, I lost trust in myself.

Santos: I was homeless for months. He took ten years of my life from me. I have perpetual anxiety these days. I can't relate to others. Therapy is difficult, similar to my time under Larry. I can't convey this man's crimes. I ask that he be given a life sentence.

 Daniel Levin is in black pants and a black shirt. Levin: My name is Daniel. I met Talia's dad. What he went on to do to me [pauses] How do you explain to a partner, one day to my children, that when I was 19 my friend's dad moved into the dorm and abused me?

Levin: In the trial, jurors got to see some of the worst things every committed to video. Imagine living them. You can't go outside, you can't go to the bathroom. You'll be tortured from your thought. For the rest of my life, Larry Ray will be over me with a knife

 Daniel Levin: Lawrence Ray made me mouth a dildo and asked if I still thought I was gay. He put a garotte around my testicles and pulled my tongue with pliers. He said he knew better than I did. I doubt what I believe. My joy is tinged with pain

Levin: They'll call it a sex cult. But that's a dumbing down. People will call us weak or naive. Look at the reality. We were intelligent, just like you. What happened was because of one man. Lawrence is not so special. He is petty and seeks power

Levin: He could not stand what was broken inside of him, so he convinced us he could solve our problems. He feigns illness to get sympathy. He tortured us. I would like to hear him say he's sorry and mean it, but I know he never will. He might try to trick you Levin: He will spend every day in prison plotting against us. He will attempt to hurt me from confinement. If he is released from prison, my death warrant will have been signed. That said, this morning I went for a walk and talked to a friend. Because I can.

Levin: Tonight I can go back home, and lock the door behind me. Because I have the key. He took that away. He does not deserve that right, until he dies. Judge Liman: Thank you. AUSA: The Rosario sisters are here. The government is seeking a sentence of life

Assistant US Attorney: The defendant put the Rosarios in diapers and pacifiers. There was Claudia's BDSM, shared with the defendant - he suggested she have sex with a tool salesman who was married.

 AUSA: He must be incapacitated to protect the public. Life imprison alone can accomplish that. Judge Liman: I'll hear from the defense. Federal Defender: I generally begin by recognizing defendant's family members in the audience. Today there's no one

FD: His loved ones died while he was in jail, in inhumane detention. The MCC closed because of atrocious conditions. Mr. Ray has been punished, and he will continue to be punished. He will remain in jail at least for the next decade. We say, 15 years is enough

Federal Defender: This is not a murder case. Mr. Ray has not expressed remorse on the advice of counsel, to protect his appeal -- Judge Liman: I'm not holding that against him. FD: Mr. Ray was frightened of COVID. The Bureau of Prisons subjected him to lockdowns

 Federal Defender: Larry Ray's mother bragged of poisoning people's food. The court cannot ignore this family dynamic. This case is nothing like #NXIVM - that went on over 15 years, including a 15 year old minor. #GhislaineMaxwell got 240 months. #RKelly got 360

Federal Defender: Mr. Ray is 63 years old and sick. More than 15 years is a effectively a life sentence. Thank you. Judge Liman: US on forfeiture of Pine Hurst property? AUSA: It was used as an instrumentality of the crime, forced labor. The statute allows it.

 Judge Liman: I'm going to take a brief recess -- Federal Defender: Mr. Ray wants to speak. Judge Liman: Now is the time. Larry Ray: These 3 years have been hard. I am in pain all the time. I experience numbness in my extremities. I have ringing in my ears.

Larry Ray: The lesions I get are frightening. The areas are expanding. I need specialists - but I'm in jail. The MDC sends me to Brooklyn Hospital but they don't have what I need. They sent me to Mount Sinai. MCC had mice. I couldn't review all my discovery Larry Ray: I lost my father, my step-father and my step-mother all in one week. They are gone. Judge Liman: Thank you Mr. Ray. I am taking a recess. Thread will continue.

Judge Liman is back. Judge Liman: The guideline is 360 months to life. Mr. Ray's conduct was particular heinous. He used his charm to gain the trust of a group of college students and robbed them of money, self-worth, ultimately their bodies.

 Judge Liman: There was a particular cruelty. He targeted one uncertain of his sexuality. He abused him with sex toys, to make it clear to the others that they were next. A medical student, he told her she'd never get a job, and to have sex with strangers

 Judge Liman: It was sadism, pure and simple. It involved grooming. He would have destroyed more lives if given the opportunity. He believed he was above the law. This is not about him going to trial, he is not being penalized.

 Judge Liman: He did not believe his victims would have the courage to testify. But they did. This case shows the resiliency of the human spirit. There is no reason to believe Mr. Ray will age out of criminality. 15 years would not capture the enormity of his crimes

 Judge Liman: I intend to impose a sentence that ensure Mr. Ray is never released. But I do not intend to impose a formal life sentence. That would be to descend to the defendant's depths. Mr. Ray did not take lives - he attempted to extinguish them.

 Judge Liman: I sentence Larry Ray - please rise - to 720 months or 60 years in prison, then supervised release of life.

On forfeiture of the house in Pinehurst NC, on April 24, 2023 Ingrid Ray, his mother, and Carl Ray, his brother, asked when they will get a hearing on their petitions objecting to forfeiture. Judge Liman set the hearing for May 3

On May 4, Judge Liman docketed: " Kevin Butler present by video for U.S Bank Trust National Association. The Court approves the discovery schedule and briefing schedule regarding the petitions to the forfeiture order as proposed at the conference. Fact Discovery is to be completed by August 14, 2023. The Government's response to the petition is due by September 11, 2023. Ingrid Ray and Carl Ray opposition due by October 11, 2023. If the Government intends on filing a reply, it is to submit a letter to the Court requesting such and a time period as to when they anticipate making such filing. Counsel for Ingrid Ray and Carl Ray is to make its motion to compel the Government to answer the petition by May 17, 2023. Evidentiary Hearing on the petitions is set for November 15, 2023 at 10:00AM in Courtroom 15C before Judge Lewis J. Liman."

On January 6, 2023, Ray's Federal Defenders put in a memo asking for the minimum sentence, 15 years, and blaming Ray's actions beginning with Ex-Lax in cupcakes and a manipulative mother. They say that negative media coverage is punishment enough. They put in letters from Martha C. Ray, Larry Grecco - then letters entirely redacted.

On January 13, the US Attorney's Office put in its submission, with victims' impact statements, and argued that "a guidelines sentence of life imprisonment is justified." They note that Ray "extracted millions of dollars in extortion and sex trafficking proceeds from Claudia Drury." We'll have more on this.

On November 1, Judge Lewis J. Liman set a hearing on post-trial issues: "ORDER as to Lawrence Ray: Count Fifteen of the trial indictment under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29 on November 15, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. The hearing will be held in-person in Courtroom 15C at the 500 Pearl Street Courthouse. The parties should be prepared to discuss the following issues: (1) whether there was sufficient evidence that Female Victim-1 suffered "physical injury" as defined in New York Penal Law § 9."

On November 8, into an SDNY courthouse empty on Election Day, Ray's Federal Defenders submitted an argument that Claudia Drury's terror "did not meet the elements of physical injury" -- this despite testimony about suffocation to the point of passing out.

But when the November 15 in-person hearing came, Inner City Press was there, but not Larry Ray. His Federal Defenders said he was in the hospital with lessions. Judge Liman expressed doubts about the timely of Ray's legal issues, but agreed to postpone until the next Monday, with sentencing moved to January 20.

On the next Monday, November 21, Inner City Press was there - but again, no Larry Ray. The argument went forward, thread here:

Larry Ray was supposed to be brought here to court for his argument that suffocating Claudia Drury was not physical injury, only fear. But it will go forward without him.

Apparently, because Larry Ray kept pimping Drury out after strangling her, her "work was not impaired." That's what Federal Defenders are arguing.

Judge Liman asks, What if a person emailed a photo of a gun in order to menace? And notes he is not bound by the DOJ guidance that Federal Defender cited

Assistant US Attorney says this turns on obstructed airway. And "being suffocated with BDSM collar." Larry Ray's Federal Defenders will be appealing. But he remain in jail - at least for now...

 Note: the implications of Federal Defenders argument that suffocation is not physical injury on #ICantBreathe cases and even #GeorgeFloyd are troubling.

On November 23, Judge Liman denied Ray's motions, including this one, noting that The jury "was instructed on the elements of menacing under the New York penal law. It concluded both that Defendant had engaged in an assault with a dangerous weapon and that such conduct was in violation of state law. The Government need not have established that the minimal requirements of that state law violation could, in theory, be satisfied by conduct that did not involve assault with a dangerous weapon. The evidence here establishes that Defendant’s conduct was at the core of the crime of menacing and not at its periphery. It is sufficient to support the verdict that the Government presented evidence that supported both that Ray committed an assault with a dangerous weapon and that by such conduct he also violated state law. There thus is no basis for Defendant’s motion to overturn the conviction on Count Seventeen. CONCLUSION Defendant’s motion under Rule 29 is DENIED." Full Order on Patreon here.

We'll have more on this.

On September 7, Ray's co-defendant Isabella Pollok pleaded guilty with a maximum sentence of five years, to conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charge, and her allocution, did not mention sex trafficking. But the prosecutors emphasized that sex trafficking was a part of the sentencing guideline.

  Does that mean Pollok, who participated in the smothering of Claudia Drury to make her continue to prostitute herself, will not have a register as a sex offender? Inner City Press at the end of the proceeding put the question to Pollok's lawyer, without answer. It live tweeted the plea proceeding, here:

OK - Pollok is at defense table in a dark suit, with 2 lawyers. As Inner City Press reported, she's worked at Amazon warehouse on Staten Island - with ankle bracelet.

 There are 13 people in the courtroom gallery, 3 masked, all or nearly all of us media. When we're the victims notified?

 All rise! Judge Liman: Tell me about the plea agreement. AUSA: It's a pleasure to conspiracy, money laundering. The stipulated guideline is 60 months.

 Judge Liman: To your plea deal, does the Adam Walsh Act apply? AUSA: No. [So far, no question has been asked about victims' rights. Then again, the way they structured the plea, the only victim is "the United States."

 Judge: Your education? Pollok: Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County. Judge: Any mental treatment?

Pollok: (Pause) In 2009 and 2014. Judge: Are you being treated for anything? Pollok: ADHD

 Note: per trial evidence, Pollok was present for all night torture of Claudia Drury. "Money laundering"

 Ritual Q&A elicits that her full name is Isabella Constance Pollok. She's now 31. Out by 36, if not sooner.

 AUSA: Remember forfeiture. Judge: Of proceeds traceable to the offense. [No amount is stated]

Judge: The plea agreement is 6 pages and will be returned to the prosecutors for safe keeping. 60 months is the max.

 Judge: Tell me what you did. Pollok (reading) I agreed with Lawrence Ray to laundering money from extortion. [This allocation does not mention sex crimes nor (forced) prostitution]

 Cynical footnote: Isabella Pollok's plea deal and allocation do not mention sex trafficking. But AUSA says the guidelines are based on sex trafficking. Hmm.

 Sentencing not until February 22, 2023 at 11 am. Still no mention of victims (unlike, for example, in UN rapist Elkorany's plea, which Inner City Press is also covering. Adjourned.

 I asked Pollok's lawyer if she'll have to register as a sex offender under SORNA. That, he didn't answer.

Ray's sentencing was supposed to be on September 16. But on August 11, Ray's Federal Defender wrote in to request a full 90 day delay, citing "COVID infections and lockdowns at the MDC." Many in the MDC have not had their sentencings delayed.

On August 12, Judge Liman ordered: "Set/Reset Hearings as to Lawrence Ray: Sentencing set for 12/1/2022 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 15C, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007 before Judge Lewis J. Liman."

On September 6, this went into the docket: "NOTICE OF HEARING as to Isabella Pollok: A Plea hearing is scheduled for September 7, 2022 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 15C, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007 before Judge Lewis J. Liman." What will be the plea deal? Watch this site.

On August 30, Ray's tribulations in the MDC, video screen sharing needed to review Pre-Sentencing Report: "Dear Judge Liman: We write, as counsel for Lawrence Ray in the above-captioned matter, to update the Court on our ability to meet with Mr. Ray to discuss the draft of his presentence report and submit any response to Probation. Currently, our response to Probation is due on August 31. Unfortunately, an individual in Mr. Ray’s unit tested positive for COVID and the unit was placed on quarantine, preventing our planned legal visits to review the draft. We schedule a video conference for Thursday, August 25, to do so, but were informed that morning by the MDC that its video equipment was not working and we would only be able to speak with Mr. Ray via telephone. Although we had mailed Mr. Ray a copy of the draft report, the MDC had not provided him with the copy, so we were unable effectively to review the document over the phone without the benefit of screen sharing." Full letter on Patreon here. Watch this site.

  When Larry Ray was arraigned on charges of sexual exploitation, prostitution, forced labor and money laundering on February 12, 2020 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. 

On March 29, the funneling by Ray of Clauria Drury prostitution money into North Carolina politics emerged, and Inner City Press began researching and asking, below

  On March 9, 2022, the jury for Larry Ray was picked, by his five Federal Defenders and three prosecutors, on the robing room of Judge Lewis J. Liman. Inner City Press live tweeted, thread here (podcast here)

On March 10 Inner City Press live tweeted the opening statements, here (podcast here)

Then the first substantive witness, live tweeted here.

On Day 2 of the trial, March 11, Santos Rosario continued on direct examination, Inner City Press live tweeted it here (morning vlog here)

Song here.

On Day 3 of the trial, March 14, Santo Rosario finished his direct and the cross began. Inner City Press live-tweeted here (morning vlog here)

Day 4 of the trial started late - Larry Ray had a seizure, resulting in cancelation of the trial on March 16 and 17 - but then got into troubling videos and a question. Inner City Press live tweeted here (morning vlog here)

On March 18 the trial continued, with Claudia Drury on the stand. Inner City Press live tweeted here (vlog here)

On March 21 the trial continued - then broke at 11 am, again. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here.

[The US Attorney's Office had put in an exhibit, cult articles on Ray's laptop, on Patreon here]

On March 22, Claudia Drury continued on direct examination, getting into her Backpage business for Larry Ray and describing a client as creepy. Inner City Press live tweeted here.

On March 24, after a day off for seizure, Drury continued on the stand. Inner City Press live tweeted it here.

On March 25 another John was outed, this time with immunity: editor Randy Levinson. Inner City Press live tweeted it, now #JohnListGone song here.

On March 28, another Larry Ray victim took the witness stand: Felicia Rosario. Inner City Press live tweeted here:

On March 29, Felicia Rosario remained on the stand and testified about sending Claudia Drury prostitution money to a North Carolina candidate that Talia Ray was campaign manager for. Not named in the trial, but found in research: it was Lowell Simon. Isabella Pollok and Gordon Ray gave him $5000 too - did Simon only hire Talia Ray to get these prostitution funds? And, Felicia Rosario sent over $10,000 in prostitution funds to the NC Democratic Party, see below. Thread here.

On March 30, after testimony about how few GoDaddy domain names Ray sold, Upper East Side doorman Carlos Pagan testified. Inner City Press live tweeted here.

On March 31 as the US case came to rest, a slew of exhibits through Agent McGuire, Inner City Press live tweeted here.

On April 1, the US rested then grilled, along with Judge Liman, Ray's former lawyer Glenn Ripa. Inner City Press live tweeted it here.

On April 4 after Ripa, the US gave its closing. Inner City Press live tweeted here.

On April 5, the defense closing went after Claudia Drury and the AUSA countered with the word slut, drawing a curative instruction before the legal instructions. Inner City Press live tweeted here.

On April 6,
Ray was found guilty of sexual exploitation, prostitution, forced labor and money laundering on April 2, 2022. Inner City Press live tweeted the verdict here

  OK - it's on.  Judge Liman: Jury wrote at 1:45 pm, we have reached out verdicts. Shall I bring them in? Federal Defender: We have a pending motion for a mistrial! Judge Liman: Government? AUSA: Let's take the verdict.

 Judge Liman: We convert it into a motion for a re-trial, assuming the verdict is guilty. I deny your motion for reasons I'll elaborate on later. With that, any reason not to bring the jury in? FD: No. Judge Liman: Mr. Fishman, please bring the jury in.

Jury entering! Judge Liman: Juror Number 5, you are the foreperson. Please hand up the verdict. Deputy: How to you find Lawrence Ray on Count 1? Juror 5: Guilty. And Counts 2 through 9: GUILTY Inner City Press @innercitypress · 3h Deputy: Counts 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15? Foreperson: GUILTY on all.

Jurors leave. Judge Liman: Sentencing will be September 16 at 2 pm. Anything else? No. Coming soon - a book(let)

  [What follow up has there been in North Carolina to the money laundering shown through Lowell Simon and Act Blue / the NC Democratic Party?]

  Why are some Johns outed and others protected?

More on Patreon here.

On March 22 Ray said he had another seizure and was taken out to an an ambulance and March 23's trial was canceled, video and notice here.

 [Inner City Press question: What did Sarah Lawrence College do? Why haven't they been mega-sued?]

[Inner City Press question: Why hasn't Talia Ray been indicted, like Isabella Pollok now awaiting severed trial?]

Coverage will continue, including on Patreon.

  Back on April 28, 2021, there was a suppression hearing about his arrest and questioning. Inner City Press live tweeted it here and below.

 On December 22 Ray's Federal Defenders requested a jury questionnaire citing adverse publicity "not only in traditional media outlets." But the next sections contains redactions, after the words "Community Bookstore live, and apparently of a URL, because it contains a name. But how then is it confidential?

  On February 4, the Federal Defenders wrote to Judge Lewis J. Liman that "the attorney client relationship between Mr. Ray and his defense team has irreparably broken down... Mr. Ray requests that the Court appoint new counsel." This was heard on February 10, without the previously available call-in line (unlike a February 4 Coinbase oral argument on which the line was opened).

On March 7 in Courtroom 24B, Judge Liman informed the parties that he will not tell the jurors about sexual grooming, finding it incorporated in sexual manipulation.

  Ray's lawyers said they'd like the jurors unmasked, so their faces can be seen. They cited NYC Mayor Eric Adams on March 7 eliminating masking requirments except on the subway. Judge Liman said his previous ruling requiring masks stands.

  While Inner City Press always likes counsel asserting the public's right to access, it is ironic because the Federal Defenders are arguing to SDNY Judge John P. Cronan, and now the 2d Circuit, that the financial affidavit of "Dirty Doc" Cruciani should be sealed, despite Inner City Press' requests as in Avenatti and Correia, here.

On October 20, Judge Liman granted severance: "ORDER as to Lawrence Ray, Isabella Pollok. It is hereby ORDERED that the proposed schedule appearing at Dkt. No. 219, setting forth the deadlines related to expert witnesses in the case United States v. Ray, 20-cr-110-LJL-1, is APPROVED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, for the reasons stated by the Court on the record at the October 19, 2021, Status Conference, the motion of Isabella Pollok for a continuance is GRANTED and the trials of Lawrence Ray and Isabella Pollok are severed, with Isabella Pollok's trial to begin on July 18, 2022."

The case is US v. Ray, 20-cr-110 (Liman).


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