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SDNY Trial of Rollin' 30 Crips Has Social Media Exhibits Fight Amid 10 Hour Cross of Cooperator

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 10 – A Bronx based gang racketeering conspiracy was the subject of a sealed complaint against five defendants signed on November 9, 2016 by Magistrate Judge Sarah J. Netburn of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  

 Later the indictment grew to nine defendants - and on February 6, 2020 opening arguments began in the trail of three of the defendants, the last three standing so to speak: Randy Torres, Charles Ventura and Walston Owen, each with an a/k/a nickname and soon to be on a Facebook. 

  Inner City Press was the only media in the courtroom of SDNY Judge Victor Marrero as he instructed the jury, first telling them he wanted to begin at 8 am then saying it was not possible due to another higher profile case in the SDNY (US v. Schulte, the CIA leaks case Inner City Press is also covering).  

 On February 10 an issue arose in the trial concerning a juror who spoke, alone, to Judge Marrero at the end of the day. Judge Marrero proceed to call all counsel forward for a whispered sidebar that has yet to be explained. Before that, defense counsel was cross examining a cooperator named Nathaniel Rodriguez, and says there will be a full day of same on February 11. Meanwhile the prosecution in push for admission of their Social Media Exhibits. Inner City Press will stay on this.

Back on February 6 Assistant US Attorney Jacqueline Kelly pointed at each of the three defendants, and described crimes including at a September 2015 "rap video shoot." Then there was a witness from Facebook, Michele Ilich Daubas, authenticating a defendant's Facebook page. Inner City Press will at much as possible follow the case, including a who's-who of the CJA bar. The case is US v. Torres, et al., 16-cr-809 (Marrero). 


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