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Nxivm’s Keith Raniere says FBI put child porn on his computer

An lawyer for Nxivm sex-slave cult chief Keith Raniere argued for his conviction to be overturned Tuesday — claiming in a court docket submitting that the FBI planted youngster pornography on his laptop exhausting drive. 

The movement to vacate the sentence was filed by lawyer Joseph Tully on the identical day he introduced the convicted sex-trafficker’s attraction on totally different grounds to a federal court docket panel in Manhattan.

Within the submitting, Tully claimed practically two dozen sexual pictures of a 15-year-old lady that had been discovered on a tough drive stored by Raniere had been really placed on the machine by FBI brokers. 

The metadata of the pictures, Tully claimed, had been manually altered to make the photographs seem like they’d been produced in 2005, when the topic of the pictures was 15. 

“The backup folder … the place the contraband pictures had been positioned has all of the hallmarks of fraud,” the lawyer wrote within the court docket doc. 

“The federal government used this 2005 date to determine among the pictures as contraband. Additional, the images’ metadata inside these subfolders had been additionally manually altered to comport with the federal government’s 2005 narrative,” he went on. 

Prosecutors and the decide who oversaw Raniere’s case in Brooklyn federal court docket haven’t responded to the claims. A spokesperson for the Jap District of New York prosecutor’s workplace declined to remark. 

Tanya Hajjar,
Assistant US Legal professional Tanya Hajjar stated that Keith Raniere’s lawyer Joseph Tully was not following instructions in his cross-examination of Lauren Salzman.
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Tully made related accusations final week in an try and delay Tuesday’s attraction listening to earlier than a three-judge panel. The US Courtroom of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected the request to postpone the listening to. 

Throughout the listening to, Tully pushed for Raniere’s conviction to be vacated, arguing partly that the cult chief’s proper to due course of was violated as a result of his trial lawyer was allegedly lower off from cross-examining a key authorities witness. 

“I don’t suppose right here the report established the protection had a full and honest alternative to cross-examine the witness,” he instructed the panel. 

In response, Assistant US Legal professional Tanya Hajjar instructed the panel that the decide instructed Raniere’s lawyer to cease questioning the witness, former Nxivm “slave grasp” Lauren Salzman, as a result of he was not following instructions and inflicting her to interrupt down on the stand. 

On the listening to Tuesday, an lawyer for Raniere’s co-conspirator, Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, additionally argued for her sentence to be vacated by the appellate court docket. 

Clare Bronfman
Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman was sentenced to 6 years in jail.
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The lawyer, Ronald Sullivan, claimed the stiff six-year sentence Bronfman obtained was an unfair upward departure, partly as a result of the decide unfairly decided she employed “willful blindness” to avoid the intercourse cult Raniere was main. 

The judges listening to the circumstances will rule on them at a later date.

Raniere is serving a 120-year jail sentence after he was convicted on a number of expenses, together with intercourse trafficking and racketeering, for working a intercourse cult referred to as “DOS” that pulled members from his numerous self-help teams, together with Nxivm. 

Further reporting by Priscilla DeGregory

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