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NXIVM: Keith Raniere to judge — jury anonymous to public, but not to Vanguard!

 
Keith Raniere’s attorney Marc Agnifilo filed an interesting objection to Judge Nicholas Garaufis today, asking him to change his mind about the anonymity of the jury that the court will begin selecting on Monday.

Continue reading NXIVM: Keith Raniere to judge — jury anonymous to public, but not to Vanguard!

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s father worked for Nxivm: What is it with Dem dads?

[Kirsten Gillibrand and Tulsi Gabbard]

There’s a fun report at Big League Politics today thanks to Frank Parlato, who gave the politics site a document proving that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s father, attorney Douglas Rutnik, was paid a $100,000 retainer by Nxivm, the group whose leaders are now facing sex slavery charges in a federal trial slated to start in a few weeks.

Continue reading Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s father worked for Nxivm: What is it with Dem dads?

NXIVM: Kathy Russell argues prosecutors hid evidence of her guilt, so she should go free

[Kathy Russell and Clare Bronfman]

An interesting new document from Nxivm bookkeeper Kathy Russell’s attorney hit the court file today. It’s a memo supporting her motion to dismiss charges against her, and it argues that she was taken advantage of by prosecutors when they asked her to testify to the grand jury last May.

Continue reading NXIVM: Kathy Russell argues prosecutors hid evidence of her guilt, so she should go free

Can you be impartial about allegations of sex slavery? Take the Nxivm juror questionnaire!

[Keith Raniere and the Dalai Lama in Nxivm’s happier days]

Jury selection starts Monday in the Nxivm trial, and the court file now includes a 37-page juror questionnaire that we thought you’d like to see.

Continue reading Can you be impartial about allegations of sex slavery? Take the Nxivm juror questionnaire!

NXIVM: Lauren Salzman’s guilty plea included admitting to imprisoning a woman for 2 years

[Lauren Salzman and Keith Raniere]

Frank Parlato and the NY Post are reporting that when Nxivm defendant Lauren Salzman entered a guilty plea on March 25, she recited a chilling list of crimes, including keeping a Mexican woman as a slave for two years.

Continue reading NXIVM: Lauren Salzman’s guilty plea included admitting to imprisoning a woman for 2 years

NXIVM: Government drops Keith Raniere’s child sex charges for Albany prosecutor to handle

[Keith Raniere]

Surprising news in a document filed yesterday by prosecutors in the Nxivm case: They have agreed with Nxivm leader Keith Raniere that the new child sex charges in a superseding indictment don’t belong in the Brooklyn trial which is scheduled to start on April 29. Instead, those charges will be considered for prosecution by the US Attorney in the Northern District of New York, which is centered in Albany.

Continue reading NXIVM: Government drops Keith Raniere’s child sex charges for Albany prosecutor to handle

As Allison Mack nears guilty plea, remembering her frightening portrayal as a flight risk

[Allison Mack]

After the roller coaster week we’ve had in the Nxivm criminal prosecution, we’ve been leafing through older documents in the court file to help us understand how we got here.

Continue reading As Allison Mack nears guilty plea, remembering her frightening portrayal as a flight risk

Allison Mack wanted 30-day delay for plea; Keith Raniere opposed and judge denied

[Keith Raniere and Allison Mack]

With a little more than a week before jury selection is scheduled to begin in the Nxivm trial, defendant Allison Mack, the Smallville actress accused of running a sex-slavery ring for Nxivm leader Keith Raniere, submitted a letter to Judge Nicholas Garaufis asking for a 30-day delay so she could work out a guilty plea.

Continue reading Allison Mack wanted 30-day delay for plea; Keith Raniere opposed and judge denied

And then there were four: Lauren Salzman joins her mother and pleads guilty in Nxivm case

[Lauren Salzman and her mother Nancy]

There it is in the Nxivm court file, the confirmation of what we’d heard earlier, that Lauren Salzman was among those Nxivm defendants deciding to plead guilty before trial is scheduled to begin next month.

Continue reading And then there were four: Lauren Salzman joins her mother and pleads guilty in Nxivm case

Clare Bronfman’s attorneys want Nxivm judge to lay off about Mark Geragos and his troubles

[Clare Bronfman arriving at court yesterday. Photo by VillageDianne]

We hear that today’s hearing regarding Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman and any potential conflicts regarding her attorney, Mark Geragos, was not nearly as eventful as yesterday’s, when Clare fainted in the courtroom. She collapsed yesterday after Judge Nicholas Garaufis had brought up the stunning information that indicted attorney Michael Avenatti had been working for her behind the scenes.

Continue reading Clare Bronfman’s attorneys want Nxivm judge to lay off about Mark Geragos and his troubles