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Bronx Drug Defendant On Trial Eve Was Moved to MDC Then Found Guilty, Now Co-D Records

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 22 – In a multi-defendant drugs and guns case there was to be, and was, a jury trial in the fourth quarter of 2021.   

   On April 2, 2021 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Valerie E. Caproni held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it - and the trial.

  The case includes shootings on Willis Avenue in the South Bronx. Judge Caproni said she would be asking for a trial spot in the fourth quarter, but couldn't yet know the date.

She said she anticipated trying any remaining defendants in a single trial, "to the extent possible in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."

And the solo defendant trial of Jose Caban ran through October 19.  But just before it, the Bureau of Prisons moved Caban from the MCC to the MDC - and declared he must be quarantined.

  On October 12 Judge Caproni  formally ordered that the defense attorney must be allowed into the MDC with laptop to meet or "anyone in the MDC who refuses to comply with this Order must be prepared to be held in contempt of court." That did not happen.

But on October 19 with a Magistrate Judge and staff in the gallery the jury came back, guilty. Inner City Press was in the back row.

Jump cut to September 22, 2022, on a co-defendant: "ORDER as to Nazae Blanche: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Government must respond to Mr. Blanche's motionand file the last two years of Mr. Blanche's medical records as well as his full prison disciplinaryand education records by no later than Tuesday, November 15, 2022. The medical records mustbe filed under seal; the other records must be filed on ECF. In its response, the Governmentmust inform the Court whether Mr. Blanche has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19,including whether he has received all recommended booster shots.IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Government must serve a copy of its responsepapers on Mr. Blanche at the address listed below. The Government must file proof of suchservice on the docket by no later than Friday, November 18, 2022.IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Mr. Blanches reply, if he wishes to file one, must befiled on or before Monday, December 19, 2022. The Clerk of Court is respectfully directed to mail a copy of this order to Nazae Blanche,86403-054, Federal Correctional Institution, FCI Gilmer, 201 FCI Lane, A2-129, Glenville,W.V., 26351, and to note mailing on the docket. (Responses due by 11/15/2022. Replies due by 12/19/2022) (Signed by Judge Valerie E. Caproni on 9/22/2022) (See ORDER set forth) (Copy mailed to Defendant at: Nazae Blanche,86403-054, Federal Correctional Institution, FCI Gilmer, 201 FCI Lane, A2-129, Glenville, W.V., 26351)"

The case is US v. Caban, 19-cr-166 (Caproni)


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