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December 5, 2022

Bronx Man Sues For Eye Shot and Taser Wants Officers and NYC on Trial at Same Time

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book
BBC - Honduras - CIA Trial book - NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 3 – Wilson Galarza, a man diagnosed with bi-polar and post-traumatic stress disorders, had the police called on him on March 12, 2017 in his apartment at 1635 East 174th Street in The Bronx. In a short period of time, he was hit with a taser, and shot in the eye. He sued.

   On November 28, 2022, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  There was talk of Monnell and of bifurcation. Plaintiff's counsel said he did not favor a trial against the individual officers happening before and separate from a trial against the City. A jury might in the first instance think the City was more to blame, then the opposite in the second trial. 

 Judge Parker ordered that Plaintiff's expert report on the extend of eye damage is due by January 18. The next conference is set for January 26 at 2:30 pm.

The case is Galarza v. City of New York et al., 19-cv-10898 (Kaplan / Parker)

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November 28, 2022

Man Faces Bifurcated Trial for Armed Robberies in The Bronx Then as Felon with Gun

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book
BBC - Honduras - CIA Trial book - NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 24 – Justin Hampton faces trial on November 28 - or two trials, with the jury to be informed of the final count only after it deliberates on the first four. Inner City Press has been covering the case and the counts and will report on the trial(s). 

  Counts 1 through 4 involve armed robberies in The Bronx (a pizzeria on Bruckner Boulevard and a dollar store in Soundview) as well as Brooklyn and Queens. Count 5 is being a felon in possession.         


   On November 23, 2022, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John P. Cronan ruled that "on November 28 the Court will commence trial on Counts One though Four without notifying the jury that there is a fifth count. Once the first phase of the trial concludes... the Court will inform the jury of the existence of Court Five and proceed with a trial as to that final count." 

Inner City Press will report on it.

 The case is US v. Hampton, 21-cr-766 (Cronan)

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November 21, 2022

Bronx Man Charged With Gunfire by Subway After 25 Years in Jail Has Release Overturned

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

SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, Nov 14 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 10, a detention or bond proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave on a 68 year old defendant charged with twice recently shooting a gun on the streets of The Bronx.

  Inner City Press was there, the only media in the Mag Court.

 The defendant Walter Moore, according to the Assistant US Attorney, had fired a gun on June 14 by 4702 White Plains Road, under the elevated train. A bullet shattered the door of a bodega. It was three in the afternoon.

 Then, the AUSA said, Moore again fired a gun on September 19 in front of the building where he lives. He asked for detention.

  The Federal Defenders emphasized his age, and that he had just spent 10 years on New York State probation, without reported incident.

 Yes, the AUSA said, after serving 25 years in prison for hitting a woman with a pipe and throwing her out the windows.

 Judge Cave said that once Moore got a co-signer, and his house checked for installation of GPS tracking, he could be released.

 The AUSA asked a stay, in order to appeal. At first Judge Cave said a stay was unnecessary, since Moore will lacked the co-signer and home visit. But after some phone calls, the stayed was extended.

On November 14, District Judge Valerie E. Caproni heard the appeal, and Inner City Press was there. Two videos were shown of the June 2022 shooting - a young man went into the bodega, words were exchange, Moore fired at him and another young man who both ran down the sidewalk toward City Lane Farmacia.

  The Federal Defender, when asked why the two were shot at, said the Moore "understands them to have raped his girlfriend." Judge Caproni said even if it were true, Moore can't hunt people. She noted he spent $1600 on a gun, while on a limited income. There was also the still unexplained shooting at 740 Cranford Avenue where he lives.

  Judge Caproni ordered Moore detained, but issued detailed medical instructions about his disks and kidney.

  Inner City Press will stay on the case. It is US v. Walter Moore, 22-mj-8937 (Cave).November 14, 2022

Bronx Man Charged With Gunfire by Subway After 25 Years in Jail Has Release Order Stayed

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

SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, Nov 10 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 10, a detention or bond proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave on a 68 year old defendant charged with twice recently shooting a gun on the streets of The Bronx.

  Inner City Press was there, the only media in the Mag Court.

 The defendant Walter Moore, according to the Assistant US Attorney, had fired a gun on June 14 by 4702 White Plains Road, under the elevated train. A bullet shattered the door of a bodega. It was three in the afternoon.

 Then, the AUSA said, Moore again fired a gun on September 19 in front of the building where he lives. He asked for detention.

  The Federal Defenders emphasized his age, and that he had just spent 10 years on New York State probation, without reported incident.

 Yes, the AUSA said, after serving 25 years in prison for hitting a woman with a pipe and throwing her out the windows.

 Judge Cave said that once Moore got a co-signer, and his house checked for installation of GPS tracking, he could be released.

 The AUSA asked a stay, in order to appeal. At first Judge Cave said a stay was unnecessary, since Moore will lacked the co-signer and home visit. But after some phone calls, the stayed was extended.

  Inner City Press will stay on the case. It is US v. Walter Moore, 22-mj-8937 (Cave).

November 7, 2022

Man Who Drove Fentanyl and Gun From Wisconsin to The Bronx Gets 4 Years, GED

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 2 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 2, defendant Williams Soto-Montanez was up for sentencing in connection with bringing a gun and fentanyl from Wisconsin to The Bronx.

  The US Attorney's Office argued for 87 months imprisonment; the defense lawyer, for a year and a day.

  District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil inquired into the safety value, and emphasized the seriousness of fentanyl, when one has to worry about even kids at Halloween being impacted.

  Soto-Montanez spoke for himself, and movingly. He said he had made an enormous mistake, that was unlike him. He described conditions in the MDC. His employer BSM Transportation of West Allis, Wisconsin had written a letter for him, that they would hire him back and have him train other employees.

 Judge Vyskocil took a break to collect her thoughts, then reported to impose a sentence of 48 months or four years. The defense lawyer requested a facility near Milwaukee, with a GED program, calling his client a deep thinker.

The case is US v. Soto-Montanez, 21-cr-95 (Vyskocil)

 The defendant Malik Townsend was put into state custody three days after the robbery, wearing a Rolex Day-Date watch missing a diamond in a certain location, "below where the 6:00 hour marker would be located."

   Citing the Hobbs Act, and the interstate sales of the West 207th Street jewelry story, the defendant was taken into Federal custody on November 1 at 8:30 am.

  Judge Moses asked if his CJA lawyer would be asking for release on bond. He is already in state custody, was the answer. "So it would do much good." He was detained on consent.

 The case is US v. Townsend, 22-mj-6683 (Moses)

October 31, 2022

Cooperator In Murder Trial Rearrested With Gun And Asks To Be Kept Out of MDC For Safety

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
Honduras - The Source - The Root - etc

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 18 – In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on October 25, a Violation of Supervised Release proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger on a defendant expressing concern for his safety in certain jails. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the Mag Court.

 The defendant, Alexander Melendez, was charged with having a gun on October 18, and associating with a known felon.

  Now with a Criminal Justice Act lawyer from Mayer Brown LLP, Melendez consented to detention at least until an appearance before Judge Kaplan on November 8 at 2:30 pm.

 But after consenting, his counsel asked Magistrate Judge Lehrburger that Melendez be placed in the Putnam or Essex County jails, "due to safety concerns." Whether transport to Putnam would be possible was unclear.

  Melendez was and is part of a case the trial of which, before District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, Inner City Press previously reported on (Melendez' cross examination appears at the end of this report) 

On the second day of 2014 in The Bronx, New York Shaquille Malcolm was repeatedly shot and killed in a building in the Allerton section.

In arraignments that followed, Inner City Press reported that the death penalty was on the table, including as to a co-defendant who plead guilty to a superseding indictment, Gyancarlos Espinal. He was never given immunity to testify at the trial, and on May 18, 2021 he was sentenced to 15 years

October 24, 2022

For Fake Loans At Bronx Auto Dealership Eduar Vidal Found Guilty Now 48 Months

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

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 21 –  Eduar Vidal is facing trial on bank fraud charges, for a scheme in which the auto dealership he ran processed faked auto loans.  

 On May 27, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Denise L. Cote held an in-person final pre-trial conference. Inner City Press went and covered it.  

 Judge Cote put on the record that the US Attorney's Office offered Vidal a plea deal for 18 to 24 months, which he rejected.

   The Assistant US Attorney took to the podium, took off his mask and said if Vidal pleads guilty before trial without a deal the guidelines would be 41 to 51 months. If he goes to trial and is found guilty, the AUSA said, it would be 51 to 63 months - to some, a form of penalty.

  Judge Cote turned to motions in limine, whether statements by those whose names were on the auto loan applications will be admissible as statements of conspirators.

Vidal sought to keep them out, as well as his immigration status and Dominican citizenship. The statements are in, but immigration out.

Jump cut to June 21: Judge Cote summoned the parties, including the defendant, to appear at 9 am with the charging conference. Then the closing arguments - Vidal's able lawyer said only an honest man would have consulted his lawyer, Nelson Rosado - and then, at 4 pm, the verdict.

Inner City Press was there, as were some 15 other people, seemingly supporters of the defendant. The verdict? Count 1: Guilty. Count 2: guilty. Judge Cote thanked the jurors for their service. And it was over, at least the trial phase.

On October 21, the judgment was filed: 48 months in prison, with Pennsylvania recommended: "FILED JUDGMENT IN A CRIMINAL CASE as to Eduar Vidal (1), Count(s) 1, 2 are dismissed on the motion of the US. Found guilty to Count(s) 1s, 2s. Imprisonment for a total term of 48 Months. Supervised release for a term of 3 Years. The court makes the following recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons that the defendant be designated to a facility close to Pennsylvania. The defendant shall surrender for service of sentence at the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons before 2pm on 12/21/2022."

The case is US v. Vidal, 21-cr-726 (Cote)

October 17, 2022

Bronx Hotels Sued For Labor Violations and National Origin Discrimination Now Mediation

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book
BBC - Honduras - CIA Trial book - NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 11 – Claudia Lucero and others sued the Papa Hotel Corp. for FLSA violations, alleging national origin discrimination.   

On October 11, 2022, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Edgardo Ramos held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

The defendant runs the Jetset Hotel and the Metro Suites Hotel, located at 2327 Bathgate Avenue in The Bronx. Plaintiffs allege they did not receive minimum wage, nor overtime.

 Judge Ramos referred them to court-ordered mediation.

The case is Lucero et al v. Papa Hotel Corp. et al., 22-cv-6100 (Ramos)


Men Charged After Wire Tap of Bronx Stash House Are Detained in SDNY Mag Court

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

SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, Oct 14 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on October 13, three detention or bond proceedings were held by Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the Mag Court.

  Defendant Andy Mercado, arrested with two others after a month's wire-tapping and observation of a drug stash house on Loring Place South in The Bronx, asked to be released on bond. His lawyer said the "Andy" on the wire taps might not be him. But his passport was found in the drug filled room.

  He was detained, as were Nelson Olivo and lead / named defendant Joel Cosme Figueroa, who the AUSA linked to fake oxy pills being left for a customer called "stupid chick."

The overall case is US v. Cosme Figueroa, et al., 22-mj-8235 (Parker)
October 10, 2022

On Gun Recovered By Bronx Academy For The Future Suppression Denied Now Guilty Plea

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