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After 1 Defendant Got Return of $10000 Retainer 2d Gets Motion Time But Trial Oct 10

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Aug 16– Kareen Shepherd was charged with access device fraud in a scheme involving a website called LuxurySnob. He retained a Court Street lawyer and paid $10,000.

  Then they had a disagreement.    A lawyer who had worked on his discovery left, but the Court Street lawyer didn't want to return the $10,000 retainer after Shepherd was appointed a Criminal Justice Act lawyer.

  On August 16, 2023 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul G. Gardephe convened a hearing about the $10,000 retainer. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the courtroom. 

 Just before Judge Gardephe took the bench, the dispute between detained inmate and former lawyer was resolved.

The lawyer recounted offering a $1000 refund then a $3000 refund, both of which he said were rejected. While Shepherd confirmed it was subsequently resolved, the terms weren't put on the record.

On August 31, new counsel for co-defendant Rashaan Richards wrote it asking for more time "to determine if there are any 'real defenses' for my client or whether he should accept a plea offer."

On September 1, Judge Gardephe wrote on the letter, to the degree that defense counsel seeks an adjournment of the October 10, 2023 trial date, [it] is denied." He moved the motion deadline to September 25.

The case is US v. Shepherd, 22-cr-514 (Gardephe) 


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