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17 Sep
A student at College of Mount Saint Vincent in The Bronx was suspended for an Instagram post questioning George Floyd protests. Now it is a Federal case and Inner City Press has been covering it since 2:30 pm, will not live tweet the end then public story - thread
After three hours of argument, the judge is asking why the plaintiff -- "Annie Doe" -- has not moved out of her dorm room. The College gave her a referral to a homeless shelter.
Here's the beginning of the story Inner City Press started drafting: "Annie Doe - not her real name - while a student at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale in the North Bronx posted on Instagram criticism of protests to the murder of George Floyd...
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31 Jul
It's on - "the documents listed in Exhibit A... Opposition to Defendant Ghislaine Maxwell's Objections to Unsealing Docket Entries 143, 164, 172[,] 199, and 230." The rest is "subject to any further stay ordered by the Court of Appeals." Inner City Press thread
..."Deposition of Virginia Giuffre taken in the [STILL REDACTED] matter on January 16, 2016, and designated by Plaintiff as Confidential under the Protective Order... correspondence with Churcher re: Edwards Privilege communication."
..."Epstein required Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with [STILL REDACTED] on numerous occasions while she was a minor... [STILL REDACTED] would later play a significant role in negotiating the NPA on Epstein's behalf." [NPA = Non-Prosecution Agreement]
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29 Jul
OK - Milo Yiannopoulos is appearing by phone before @SDNYLIVE Judge Failla, says he'd like to see Richard Spencer in jail but doesn't like "the funders of this lawsuit, the ADL." Inner City Press will live tweet - thread
Milo Yiannopoulos: I just publish stuff as I get it. Spencer spent $10,000 to doctor a video to make it appear I was singing to white nationalists. I'm happy to help them with this lawsuit, I just don't have anything. I'm happy to comply with any court order.
Judge Failla: I'll swear you in.
Milo Y: I'm a Christian.
Judge Failla: ... so help you God.
Milo Y: I do. I was served at the Roger Stone trial.
Judge Failla: The subpoena was from November 2019. And you met plaintiffs' counsel in Dec?
Milo Y: That sound right.
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14 Jul
OK - Now Ghislaine Maxwell arraignment and bail hearing is beginning before @SDNYLIVE Judge Alison Nathan. Inner City Press has covered Maxwell, at the UN… and in jail… and will live tweet - thread
And we're off. Ghislaine Maxwell is in a brown prison uniform, with a gray door behind her in the MDC in Brooklyn.
Still awaiting the formal kickoff. In the memos for and against release on bail, whether Ghislaine Maxwell is covering by Epstein's FLA non-prosecution agreement has been at issue. Inner City Press story:… and memo(s)
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13 Jul
OK - in Joel & Mary Rich v. Fox, @SDNYLIVE Magistrate Judge Netburn is holding a discovery conference. Inner City Press will live tweet - thread
Fox' lawyer Meeks says she's prepared to give a hit log about a set of documents, not the documents themselves.
Judge Netburn: We're talking about fewer than 700 documents that contain key players in this case. I have a hard time believe these are not relevant
Judge Netburn: These 700 documents contain hits on Butowsky and Wheeler - how are they not relevant?
Meeks: Wheeler was a consultant, Bukowsky was a guest. Many of the hits are about news that has nothing to do with this case, or the DNC leaks.
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29 Jun
OK - in #Honduras narco case of JOH & El Chapo, Otto Rene Salguero Morales is to be arraigned now. Lawyer also for his cousin says hasn't been able to speak with his incarcerated client. @SDNYLIVE Inner City Press will live tweet - thread
Judge Castel: Has there been a superseding indictment, S5?
Assistant US Attorney: Yes, S5 is the operative indictment.
Judge Castel: Mr. Feitel, has your client spoken with you?
Inner City Press has covered the cousin / conflict:…
Judge Castel: I understand Mr Freitel has a bail application. The circumstances of this case are somewhat unusual. Should I set a date in October for parties to return and say if there are any motion in the case?
Feitel: Yes, it's always prudent to have deadline.
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9 Mar
OK - it's US v Schulte CIA #Vault7 leaks jury deliberations day 4, after Schulte's lawyers have asked for mistrial on all but 2 "aligned" charged, or a modified dynamite charge:… Right now lull but Inner City Press will live tweet: thread
Judge Crotty just told the jury to "fill out the verdict sheet" on the two charges they have aligned on. Judge Crotty also says, "Resume your deliberations." But they are deadlocked / at an impasse on all the others. Everyone remaining in the courtroom.
Judge Crotty read the rule on mistrials, gave each side a chance to be heard. Zas for Schulte said he consents to mistrial on the other charges. AUSA Laroche objected...
Judge Crotty: call in the jury
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6 Mar
OK - it's US v. Schulte CIA #Vault7 leaks trial, jury deliberations Day 4, after Juror 5 kicked off, saying Schulte is not guilty, now only 11 remain Inner City Press will again live tweet: thread
Currently in Judge Crotty's courtroom 14C: Schulte's lawyers Shroff and Zas are where the Marshals usually sit. Still no response from Judge Crotty to Inner City Press formal opposition to AUSA Laroche's request to seal March 5 "robing room" transcript
Jury has asked about legality or illegality.
Schulte's lawyer Shroff: There's no testimony about it being legal or illegal. It's like them shooting rubber bands at each other in the CIA.
Judge Crotty: We need to review the indictment and the jury charge.
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5 Mar
OK - here for crypto currency arraignment of Reginald Fowler after last attempt to plead guilty broke down… Inner City Press is back to cover this, thread
Judge Carter: A wire fraud count has been added, as count 5. Do you understand?
Fowler: Yes your Honor.
Judge Carter cites professional sports league being defrauded. How do you plead?
Fowler: Not guilty, Your Honor.
AUSA: The trial is scheduled. Mr Fowler did not plead guilty. Now he wants an adjournment of the trial.
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5 Mar
OK - here's UN noon briefing Inner City Press is banned from for the 611th day, has put in 10 questions on #Somalia #Kenya #HongKong #Cameroon #Honduras UN rapes, Catarina Vaz Pinto, UN waste - no answers - corrupt - thread
Note: last photo was Big Tony. *This* is the UN Press Briefing Room at noon, with Inner City Press banned for 611th day by Big Tony @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric & @MelissaFleming, censors
Banned Inner City Press asked what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on that #Kenya has accused #Somalia of carrying out an attack across its border? A statement from Prez Kenyatta says Somali soldiers destroyed buildings in Mandera on Monday.
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5 Mar
OK - it's #Iran sanctions trial US v. Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, Day 3. Steptoe defense lawyer Reid Weingarten is cross-examining a US witness, asks "it would be illegal to buy a Persian carpet, right?" Inner City Press will live tweet: thread
Judge Nathan (to the lawyer, jurors have been sent out) - Both sides have been guilty of this, but when there are objections, just make them. Yesterday, the government introduced the law. But it cannot contradict what I'm going to tell the jury the law is
Judge Nathan: I must inform you that one of the prospective juror in this case has been contacted by the CDC about #Coronavirus. We will need to clean the courtroom
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5 Mar
OK - it's US v. Schulte CIA #Vault7 leaks trial jury deliberation Day 3. Issue of "rogue" Juror 4 to the fore… mistrial denied. Inner City Press will live tweet: thread
Now Juror 5 is a problem, too. There's talk of calling back the alternates. Judge Crotty doesn't want to - it would delay things until Monday. He wants to go forward with 11. All this was in the "robing room." Judge Crotty: Under Rule 23, I permit jury of 11
Judge Crotty: I'm going to call Juror 5 in and excuse her.
AUSA Laroche: I ask that the transcript of the robing room discussion be sealed until after there is a verdict.

Inner City Press says No - may write to Judge Crotty / docket again
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4 Mar
Here is UN noon briefing Inner City Press is banned from for 610th day by corrupt UNSG @AntonioGuterres; it has asked @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric about Honduras drug prez (and Guterres), Peru, #Coronavirus, #Cameroon genocide Guterres covers up - thread
Banned Inner City Press asked On #Honduras, on which you have refused all of Inner City Press' questions since October 2019 including yesterday's about JOH, what now are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on SDNY new case, link JOH to the drug trade"?
Banned Inner City Press asked On #Cameroon, what now are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on the new killings by the government in Babanki? And the disappearance / assassination of Ngarbuh whistleblower Mallam Danjuma?
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4 Mar
OK - now the guilty plea (deal) of MCC guard for strong-arming sex from female prisoners. Inner City Press reported it Feb 22:… but now it's actually taking place. Threadette
Akparanta has been sitting at defense table for 15 minutes; he's been in @SDNYLIVE since 9:30. Now judge on the bench.
Akparanta is pleading guilty only to Counts 4 and 5. And what of the others, and the three additional victims, beyond the initial four?
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4 Mar
OK - it's Iran sanctions trial Day 2 in US v. Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad; the defendant's lawyer yesterday said he "hates the Mullahs" Inner City Press will again live tweet - thread
AUSA Krause: So these companies under the Stratus Group, they are all the subsidiaries?
Witness "Kazerani" (in Farsi): "Vale."
Interpreter: Yes.

Thread will continue.
AUSA Krause: When you traveled for Stratus, what passport did you use?
Witness Kazarani: Iranian.
AUSA: You first met with the government in response to a subpoena, correct?
Witness Kazarani: Yes.
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4 Mar
OK - it's US v. Schulte CIA #Vault7 leaks trial jury deliberations, Day 2. Schulte is at defense table, with laptop. His lawyers are advocating to Judge Crotty on how to answer jury's most recent round of questions Live tweeting: thread
Jury comes in. Judge Crotty: Good morning. You asked yesterday for simplified badge times. We're going to send in an extract from Government Exhibit 105.
We received a 2d request at 3:37, "for tomorrow." Tomorrow is here. We'll provide testimony.
Judge Crotty: You asked, what happens to the log files when someone logs out of the virtual machine? There's no answer in the evidence. That's the jury notes as of last night. We have 2 from this morning we'll work on right now. You can return to deliberations
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3 Mar
Here is UN noon briefing Inner City Press is banned from for 609th day by UNSG @AntonioGuterres - Inner City Press has asked @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric for response to Honduras JOH cited in SDNY drug arrest statement, China, #Cameroon, UN rapes - thread
@antonioguterres @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @SaraCarterDC @kristina_wong @allimadi Banned Inner City Press asked On Honduras, on which you have refused all Press' questions, what now are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres after his meetings with JOH and your bragging about moneys paid on that today SDNY announced arrest citing CC-4?
@antonioguterres @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @SaraCarterDC @kristina_wong @allimadi @SomosAnticorrup @hondurassol @FueraJOHRata Banned Inner City Press asked "March 3-2: On Cameroon, what now are the comments and actions if any of SG @AntonioGuterres on the new killings by the government in Babanki? And the disappearance / assassination of Ngarbuh whistleblower Mallam Danjuma?"
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3 Mar
OK - now starts is #Iran- #Venezuela (& #Malta?) trial US v. Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad. Defendant is an Iranian banker charged with moving $115M in violation of US sanctions. Inner City Press covered the run up and now live tweets - thread
@MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @sdnylive @herszenhorn @DavidCasaMEP @mcaruanagalizia @occupyjusticema @EVTVMiami Open statements:
Assistant US Attorney: It is illegal for US banks to send dollars to Iranian companies. How did the defendant do it? Smoke and mirrors. He disguised their Iranian identities with citizenship purchased in a Caribbean Island.

[St. Kitts & Nevis.]
@MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @sdnylive @herszenhorn @DavidCasaMEP @mcaruanagalizia @occupyjusticema @EVTVMiami AUSA: Because of the serious threats that Iran posed against the US, sanctions were put in place. Virtual all business dealing with Iran are prohibited. The defendant knew about these sanctions. He even lived here in the US for a time.
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3 Mar
OK - now it's US v. Schulte #CIA leaks trial jury deliberations. Not much to see, at least unless or until the jury sends out notes / questions or ultimately a verdict. Still, Inner City Press will live tweet the deliberations as much as possible - thread
@MatthewLeeICP @sdnylive @EspionageNews @CyberScoopNews @KharonData Interim update of 10:15 am: Judge Crotty has convened the lawyers, and Josh Schulte. Tells them the jury has asked for a read-back of testimony around exhibit 1209-8.
@MatthewLeeICP @sdnylive @EspionageNews @CyberScoopNews @KharonData Schulte's lawyer Sabrina Shroff: The government is trying to highlight to the jury their slideshow. We should just give them the list of exhibits actually introduced in the trial.
Judge Crotty: We'll give them the list.
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2 Mar
In the UN Inner City Press is banned from by pro-China UNSG @AntonioGuterres for 608 days now, these are those let in to put Qs to China's PR Zhang Jun. Will they ask about #Xinjiang & Uighurs? #HongKong? CEFC China Energy's bribes that Guterres covers up? thread
@antonioguterres @FUNCA_info @MatthewLeeICP @UyghurProject @tingdc @DanGarrett97 @LeniDiamond @AdamShawNY @kristina_wong @SaraCarterDC @allimadi So far China's Ambassador Zhang Jun has only spoken about "terrorism" in Africa. Music to the ears of dictators like Paul Biya, who justify their killing of civilians by calling all opponents terrorists. And @AntonioGuterres and Francois Lonceny Fall go along
@antonioguterres @FUNCA_info @MatthewLeeICP @UyghurProject @tingdc @DanGarrett97 @LeniDiamond @AdamShawNY @kristina_wong @SaraCarterDC @allimadi Look who's mindless promoting this China presidency of the UN Security Council? It's the UN Correspondents Association, which has long given a veto-wielding seat on its board to state media Xinhua, blocking any raising of @AntonioGuterres ban on Taiwan journos
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2 Mar
This at 12:20 is the UN noon briefing Inner City Press is banned from for 608th day by corrupt UNSG @AntonioGuterres; it has emailed 10 Qs to @UN_Spokesperson, on #Cameroon slaughter, Uighurs, #Coronavirus, UN rapes, #Haiti- no answers, corrupt. Thread
@antonioguterres @UN_Spokesperson @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @SaraCarterDC @kristina_wong @allimadi @simonateba Banned Inner City Press asked, On #Cameroon, what now are the actions if any of SG Guterres on the new killings by Biya in Babanki? And the assassination of Ngar whistleblower Mallam Danjuma? Describe any and all assistance the UN requested from Mallam Danjuma
@antonioguterres @UN_Spokesperson @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @SaraCarterDC @kristina_wong @allimadi @simonateba @SCBCNews @CMRNewsAgency @ndimoh5 Banned Inner City Press asked, On Coronvirus / COVID 19 and the UN system, immediately state if SG Guterres deems this UNESCO response, leaked to and published by Inner City Press which Guterres bans from the UN now 608 days, sufficient…
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