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In SDNY Mag Court Velez Jailed As Lum With Queens Condo Bailed Now Asks Time Served

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 1 –  Defendant after co-defendant charged with drugs and guns under the same just-unsealed indictment were presented and either detained or bonded out on December 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court. Inner City Press, the only media in the Magistrates Court for these, has launched a new comparative series, (trade) marking it #JailOrBail.

There was Michael Gonzalez, a/k/a Wisdom, who cited his union job at 36 Madison Avenue and a case of mistaken identity with a Miguel in Rye, New York. SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses said the presumption against him was not rebutted. He was detained. #Jailed.   

Judge Moses said she did not credit the prosecutions proffer of gang membership, so neither will Inner City Press in this report. We'll call it a Group.  

There was Christopher Lum, described as the Group's bookkeeper in Queens. The Assistant US Attorney's called him a risk of flight to Korea because he was born there. But he hasn't been there since he was six months old. He was offered release on bond, to be secured by his equity interest in an apartment he leaves empty in Queens (Judge Moses called it a wasting asset).

Jump cut to November 1, 2023 when Lum's lawyer wrote in for his sentencing, asking for a time served sentence. The US put in a 5k1 cooperator's letter, heavily redacted.

This case is US v. Velez et al., 19-cr-862 (Caproni). 


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