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In SDNY Five Coronavirus Cases In MCC Cited But Vincent Denied Bail For Danger Based On Video

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 27 – On March 30 defense lawyer Donna Newman argued to try to get her client Nasir Vincent released on bond, due to Coronavirus COVID-19 spreading in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan.

  Newman told Judge Analisa Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that three inmates just tested positive for COVID-19 from the MCC's 5 South, and put said the positive tests in the MCC is at five or higher while noting that Bureau of Prisons has not confirmed that figure.

(As of an hour after the proceeding, which Inner City Press apparently alone covered, the BOP put the number of positive-testing inmates in the MCC at three, and 28 inmates nationwide along with 24 staff, photo here.)

   Assistant US Attorney Justin Rodriguez repeatedly cited a video of which he wrote he would "arrange with the Court's Chambers for the transmission of an electronic version of the video montage, rather than a physical copy." The video was and is as of this writing not in the case's docket on PACER.  

Judge Torres relied on this video is denying bond, finding a danger to the community. Minutes later, she approved a switch to CJA lawyer James Branden for co-defendant Lafone Eley, without the AUSAs present (but Inner City Press still covering the case). The overall case is US v. Spencer, 20-cr-78 (Torres). 


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