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Sunday on ID: A documentary with questions about four Nxivm women who died

 
A documentary film featuring blogger Frank Parlato, The Lost Women of NXIVM, will premiere on the Investigation Discovery channel tomorrow (Dec 8) at 9 pm.

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Convicted NXIVM leader Keith Raniere back in court for discussions about his attorney

[Teny Geragos and Keith Raniere]

There were no surprises in yesterday’s “Curcio” hearing for the Keith Raniere case. Raniere was wearing tan prison garb, and he seemed confident, even upbeat as he entered the courtroom and approached the bench. The hearing is regarding a possible conflict of interest around defense lawyer Teny Geragos’ application to become a US attorney in the Eastern District of New York. The Eastern District is where the Raniere trial took place, and Ms. Geragos was presumably applying for the spot vacated by prosecutor Moira Penza, lead government attorney in the Raniere case.

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Sentencing hearing for NXIVM leader Keith Raniere now scheduled for Jan 17

 
We’re going to start lobbying Dianne Lipson to be in the courtroom for us as Nxivm leader Keith Raniere is sentenced in Brooklyn on January 17.

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NXIVM: Keith Raniere’s prosecutor gets her reward, parachutes to private practice

[Moira Penza leaving court. Photo by Dianne Lipson]

Moira Penza, the lead government attorney on the team that convicted Nxivm leader Keith Raniere, has left the Department of Justice to re-enter private practice. She has joined the boutique law firm of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz.

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Nxivm judge isn’t in a mood to approve post-trial relief from convicted defendants

[Judge Garaufis and Nancy Salzman]

Judge Nicholas Garaufis has denied Nancy Salzman’s motion to have her ankle monitor removed and her curfew lifted as she awaits sentencing for her part in the Nxivm racketeering enterprise. According to the New York Post, the judge gave no explanation and simply wrote “Application Denied.”

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Nxivm judge decides not to release juror names to the media: Here’s why

[Judge Nicholas Garaufis, Nxivm leader Keith Raniere]

Citing concerns for their security, Judge Nicholas Garaufis has opted not to release the names of the jurors in the Nxivm trial. The New York Daily News had filed a request with the court that the names be released, and it was joined by other press organizations, including the New York Times.

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Sentencing delay for some Nxivm defendants: What does it mean?

[Prosecutors roll in evidence during the Nxivm trial. Photo: Dianne Lipson]

On July 1, Judge Nicholas Garaufis adjourned the sentencing hearings for Nxivm defendants Nancy Salzman (July 10), Clare Bronfman (July 25), and Kathy Russell (July 31). He didn’t give any explanation, and didn’t set any new dates for the sentencings.

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After the verdict, the Nxivm prosecutors — men and women — wept

 
Dianne Lipson, who kept us so well informed during the Nxivm trial, sent us these observations of the scene when the jury’s verdict was read Wednesday…

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NXIVM LEADER KEITH RANIERE GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

[Keith Raniere, convicted cult leader.]

Dianne Lipson came out of the courtroom long enough to tell us that the jury in the Nxivm trial had found Keith Raniere guilty on all counts.

After 25 days of testimony and closing arguments, the jury deliberated for less than five hours to reach its lightning-fast verdict.

Dianne has gone back in to get some reactions. We’ll add to this story soon.

Sentencing for the other defendants is scheduled for September, so we’d assume Raniere would learn his fate after some time as well. (His sentencing is set for September 25.)

The racketeering and sex trafficking charges he’s been convicted of carry serious penalties, and Raniere is potentially facing decades in prison.

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We’ve had a front row seat for this trial thanks to the dogged work by Dianne Lipson, and we are extremely grateful for her diligence.

After reading her reports day after day, we’ll offer up a few non-professional opinions.

The defense strategy to put on no case at all and rely solely on the cross-examination of prosecution witnesses isn’t looking too effective at this point, but it’s hard to see what other option they had.

Raniere would have been torn to shreds under cross-examination, and his potential witnesses sounded like they might come off as ineffective groupies.

Agnifilo had his moments, but ultimately his task was extremely difficult. The best he could hope for was to convince the jury that Raniere was a horrible human being but not a criminal.

But the jury didn’t buy it.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on June 19, 2019 at 15:00

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Nxivm prosecutors got one last shot at Keith Raniere before the jury starts deliberating

[Mark Lesko]

Dianne Lipson was in court Tuesday afternoon as the prosecution rebutted the closing argument of Keith Raniere’s attorney Marc Agnifilo. Speaking for the prosecution was assistant US Attorney Mark Lesko. Here’s her impression of what occurred. Jury deliberations start Wednesday morning.

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