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MCC Lock Down Reviewed In Detail By SDNY Judge Failla With Meson Ruling Due Dec 7

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 2 – 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. 

 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. Judge Failla said she will rule next week.

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


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