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May 16, 2022

   After the fatal shooting on Seneca Avenue in Hunts Point on May 13 in which the NYPD cited an airsoft gun, Inner City Press questions whether an airsoft can give rise to a felon in possession / trigger lock Federal case...
May 9, 2022

Bronx Family Dollar Is Sued And Removes to Federal Court Must Be Trial Ready in June

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 1 – Christina Charles of 1317 Boston Road in The Bronx slipped and fell in the Family Dollar store at 1345 Boston Road and sued. Family Dollar removed the case to Federal court.     

               On April 29, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

  Judge Koeltl denied Family Dollar's motion for summary judgment and directed the plaintiff to make a demand by May 4.

Next up is a joint pre-trial order by May 20, with the parties to be ready on 48 hours notice for a trial starting June 17.

The case is Charles v. Family Dollar, 20-cv-8784 (Koeltl)

May 2, 2022

Man Caught on Video Robbing Bronx Laundromat At Gunpoint Pleads Guilty in SDNY

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 28 – Jose Cabrera was filmed in the course of an armed robbery of a laundromat in The Bronx on March 12, 2021.

On April 28, 2022, in a yellow prison jumpsuit, he came to plead guilty.  

 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John P. Cronan held the in-person change of plea proceeding. Inner City Press went to cover it. 

  In response to each questions, Cabrera said, Yes sir, Yes Your Honor. He said he had gotten $1500.

 Judge Cronan, who is presiding up until this end of the day time slot over the bank fraud trial of Ed Shin of Noah Bank, accepted the plea. He agreed to a sentencing faster than 90 days: July 14 at 10 am.

April 25, 2022

For Robbery of Target in The Bronx Russell Got 40 Months Now Cooperator Gets Time Served

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 18 – Target in The Bronx was robbed of $215,000 on March 26, 2018. The robber Tsani Russell was caught and sentenced to 40 months.

His co-defendant who worked at Target and gave him the key because a cooperator.          

   On April 18, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald held a sentencing proceeding. Inner City Press covered it, as the only media.  

  Judge Buchwald began by asking each person on the call to identify themselves. Inner City Press did. After the Federal Defender began recounting how his client was pressured and received only $1500, Judge Buchwald said she would give a time served sentence but had questions about supervision - and emphasized there can be no drug use (including marijuana, which remains under Federal prohibition).

Judge Buchwald indicated that some of the money should be paid back. The Federal Defender cited a Second Circuit case against that, and will put in a letter, as will the AUSA. Inner City Press may continue to cover this legal issue.

 The cooperating defendant spoke for herself, apologizing to those working at Target who were there during the robbery and saying she was making bad decisions at the time. She said she has lost 50 pounds and been vegan for the past two years. 

   She said she is renting a room in Hamilton Heights in Upper Manhattan for $1200 a month - she is thinking of moving (back) to the Bronx. She said she did not want this following her forever, nor her current company to know.

While Judge Buchwald acknowledged that the felony conviction cannot be erased, Inner City Press has chosen to not here report the name.

The case is US v. Russell, et al., 19-cr-554 (Buchwald)

April 18, 2022

Bronx Shoot Out Triggered Trial Now Guilty Verdict In Hours After E 183 St Security Video

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 14 – William Scott is on trial in connection with the firing of a gun outside East 183rd Street in The Bronx on June 23, 2020.

 Inner City Press is covering this felon in possession of a firearm case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York before Judge Analisa Torres.  

 On April 11 the prosecution painstaking showed security video of gunfire by a man in red shorts, a white T-shirt and running shoes they said was William Scott, whom they a/k/a as "Ill Will."

The defense - Scott has two separate CJA counsel, after earlier in the case having the Milbank law firm - introduced other camera angles. 

 SDNY US Attorney Damian Williams came in for a bit, as Inner City Press also noted he did during the recent US v. Eric Spencer / Soho Chanel store robbery trial.

His Assistant US Attorney complained that the defense is not sharing its exhibits in advance.

On April 12, another of Scott's CJA lawyers cross examined a witness, demanding to know "if you said 'pop'!" There were fewer people in the courtroom. The AUSA's request to for a brief re-cross was denied. The US is arguing that Witness B's sale of ecstasy to Scott and others should not come in, or at least not be the subject of cross examination.

On April 13, at the end, Scott's Rule 29 motion was denied by Judge Torres, after the AUSA insisted that they had presented enough evidence, with video and live witnesses and the ATF testimony about inter-state transport.

On April 14 before 2 pm, Judge Torres gave her legal instructions to the jurors. By 3:30 pm, they had returned: guilty.

 The case is US v. Scott, 21-cr-429 (Torres)

April 11, 2022

Man Who Fled Bronx Drug Mill By Kicking Out A/C Jailed Overnight, Seller Freed to Father

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, April 7-  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on April 7, a series detention or release proceedings were held until 8 pm by new Magistrate Judge Jennifer Willis after an early morning police raid on a fentanyl mill on the fourth floor of 15 East 196th Street in The Bronx.

  One of the final two defendants had sold a kilo and a half of fentanyl to an undercover agent, the Assistant US Attorney told Judge Willis. The other had fled out of the drug mill apartment upon the arrival of the police by kicking out the airconditioner and going up the fire escape to an apartment on the fifth floor. He entered by kicking in the airconditioner.

   The Criminal Justice Act lawyer for the defendant charged with selling the fentanyl said that his client's father, an Uber driver, was downstairs in the courthouse. He asked for permission to go down and get him, which was granted.

 But 15 minutes later, the lawyer had not returned, and it was nearing 8 pm.

  Inner City Press covers the SDNY Magistrates Court as it has The Bronx, sometimes as the only media in the gallery, as it was on April 7. It left and sent to find the lawyer and the defenant's father, ultimately finding them by the metal detectors at the 200 Worth Street entrance.

  Back up on the Magistrates Court, Judge Willis said that the fentanyl seller could be released upon the signature of his father as moral suasion. But the defendant who fled, and who is not a US citizens, would have to have a GPS bracelet installed. It being too late to accomplish that, he was ordered detained overnight.

  His passport was not seized in the drug mill apartment. His CJA lawyer said his client's brother has the passport but his client does not know his brother's number, it is saved in the contacts of his phone the police seized.

 Judge Willis said the passport should be turned in as soon and possible, and with the GPS the defendant should not go near an airport.

  Inner City Press will continue to follow these cases.

April 4, 2022

After Drug Gang Sweep In The Bronx One Defendant Detained Another Freed for Mother

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, April 1-  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on March 31, a detention or release proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave on a short man arrested that morning in a multi-defendant drug gang sweep in The Bronx.

  Inner City Press covers the SDNY Magistrates Court as it has The Bronx, sometimes alone in the gallery, as it was on March 31. Story here.

  The man, Joseph Rivera, was aka-ed in the unsealed complaint as "Shorty." Most of his co-defendants got detained, but the Assistant US Attorney in this case said Rivera could be released on his own signature, with two weeks to find two co-signers for a $75,000 bond (and to come back on April 1 for a GPS bracelet).

The reason? Rivera is the sole caretaker for his mother, who has dementia. Judge Cave thanked the parties for their compassion.

  On April 1, another co-defendant was present, also named in Counts 14 and 15. He was detained - on consent, with time excluded until May 2.

     The case is US v. Done, et al., 22-cr-192 (Rakoff / Cave)

March 28, 2022

Lawsuit Against Ousted Bronx Pol Andy King Proceeds As Defense Motions On Shaky Ground

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 23 – Back in December 2020, with a legal filing full of misspellings asking to enjoin an election or its results, a dozen constituents of ousted New York City Council member Andy King asked a Federal judge for a restraining order. It was denied. 

  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Valerie E. Caproni, in a proceeding covered by Inner City Press, asked how the plaintiffs had standing. (King's own lawsuit against the City Council for ousting him 48-2 for misconduct had already failed). 

  Judge Caproni declined to issue a preliminary injunction in Marchant et al v. De Blasio et al., 20-cv-10544 (Caproni).

 Then on April 12, fellow SDNY Judge Paul A. Crotty held a proceeding in the case King v. City of New York, 20-cv-8283 (Crotty). He gave King's lawyer Pamela Hayes two weeks to file more papers. She asked for three.

Judge Crotty said he was not inclined, but then relented. He gave three weeks but said if the papers are not in, he will dismiss the case. That case is King v. City of New York, 20-cv-8283 (Crotty).

On May 27, SDNY Judge Edgardo Ramos held a proceeding in a case against King, by former staffer Shana Melius for retaliation. The NYC City Council was refusing to produce documents unless ordered by a court. So ordered.

On October 28, 2021 Judge Ramos held another proceeding in this case. He was amazed that some discovery remained to be done, but gave a brief extension for it to happen.

Jump cut to March 23, 2022 when Judge Ramos held another conference. Inner City Press again covered it. The defense argued that ordering Melius to report to work in the North Bronx and not 250 Broadway was not an adverse employment action. Her lawyer said it added two and a half hours to her commute, and precluded IVF. The defense argued she'd like on her application for employment and so lost rights to sue. Judge Ramos disagreed and said he doubted he would grant these motions. So the case proceeds.

This case is Melius v. New York City Council et al., 20-cv-5237 (Ramos)

March 21, 2022

Bronx Crash on Major Deegan Triggers Suit Removed To SDNY Mediation Or Motions Dec 5

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 15 – Desmond Chin Sued Central Transport LLC for a vehicle crash on the Major Deegan Expressway in The Bronx on May 5, 2020. 

  On March 15, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge James L. Cott held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Judge Cott thanked the plaintiff for filing the removed complaint into the docket. Counsel noted other events in July including vacation; Judge Cott said he'll aim for late June mediation with a joint letter seven days after.

 If unsuccessful, motions are due by December 5.

The case is Chin v. Moulton et al., 22-cv-955 (Nathan / Cott)

March 14, 2022

Bronx Man Charged With Waving Gun at Two Women Is Detained In SDNY Magistrates Court

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY COURTROOM Exclusive, March 10 – A Bronx man who served 51 months in prison for shooting at a man on Brook Avenue after a car accident has been arrested and detained again, for menacing two women in an apartment building in the South Bronx.         

       On March 10, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn held a detention proceeding. Inner City Press covered it, the only media in the Mag Court. 

   In the gallery were the man's girlfriend and her three young children. His Criminal Justice Act lawyer told Judge Netburn that the ammunition found in the apartment he had been living in may not have been his.

The apartment, she said, is under the name of the mother of his ex-girlfriend, who the lawyer said is a cocaine addict and "sleeps with a variety of men" to feed her habit. 

  The CJA lawyer said that for the armed menacing, the Bronx District Attorney has decided not to prosecute.

  But the standard of proof in Federal Violation of Supervised Release proceedings is lower.

Judge Netburn said that along with other SDNY judges she has inquired and found there is no requirement for arraignment on VOSRs.   She also said it was sad that the children were in court to hear this, that they were "a little young."

Judge Netburn ruled that the defendant will not be released, and that he can make his case before the District Judge in his 2017 case, Judge Lorna G. Schofield.

March 7, 2022

Charged With Crack Conspiracy In The Bronx Martin Ross Pled and Now Gets 96 Months

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
BBC - Decrypt - LightRead - Honduras - Source

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 2 – A crack cocaine conspiracy with then only one defendant was alleged in December 2019 to be taking place around 168th Street and Fulton Avenue in The Bronx. Jose L. Irizzary was charged in the Complaint, but it was Destiny Romero and Mikal Tariq Leahr who were arrested. 

  On January 6, 2020 Judge Sidney H. Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held a conference with both of those arrested. He said, "We have somebody that is a fugitive here; Mr. Ross, correct?"   

Assistant US Attorney Jacob R. Fiddelman replied, "That's correct. Mr. Ross has not yet been apprended."   

On February 12, 2020 in the SDNY Magistrates Court, with Inner City Press the only media present, Martin Ross was brought in shackled, and left the same way.