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MCC Lock Down Review In Detail By SDNY Judge Failla Leads To Bail For Luis Meson

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 7 – Luis Meson has been imprisoned in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan since October 2019.

Since February when a gun was found in the facility, and now throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, he and others in the MCC have been in lock-down. 

On December 2, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla held a lengthy bond hearing on and with Meson. Inner City Press covered it, below.

Now on December 7, "proceedings held before Judge Katherine Polk Failla:Motion For Temporary Pretrial Release on disposition sheet as to Luis Meson held on 12/7/2020. AUSA Nicholas Chiuchiolo present. Defendant's Counsel Lorraine Gauli-Rufo present. $150,000.00 PRB, 4 FRP, Travel restricted to SDNY/EDNY, Surrender travel documents (& No new applications), Pretrial supervision as directed by pretrial services, Drug testing/treatment as directed by PTS, Mental health evaluation/treatment as directed by PTS, Home incarceration, GPS, Deft not to possess firearm/destructive device/other weapon, Deft to be detained until all conditions are met. Defendant to live with one of the co-signers, [Name not published by Inner City Press, voluntarily] in Queens, NY, or with another co-signer, so long as that co-signer's living quarters are approved by Pretrial Services. Defendant is not to communicate with witnesses and/or co-defendants outside of the presence of counsel. Deft is to self-install GPS monitoring at the direction of Pretrial Services. (jw)."

 Back on December 2, after lawyers' arguments about the ability to review discovery while in lockdown, Judge Failla put questions to Meson himself, with his counsel's consent. 

  Meson explained how in 7 South they are let out of their cells only from 7 am to 7:30 am, three days a week. Sixteen inmates compete for a single computer.  

  His lawyer described a fire; the Assistant US Attorney blamed it on a prisoner using a lightbulb outlet to charge a cell phone -- contraband. Later the AUSA said that was just his understanding. 

  A decision earlier in the pandemic by EDNY Judge Garaufis was cited. And on December 7, the decision to free Meson on bond.

The case is US v. Tavarez, et al., 19-cr-690 (Failla)


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