US Attorney Grant Jaquith - a Republican appointee of Donald Trump - does not necessarily have to follow the longstanding tradition of the office of turning a blind eye to the crimes of Bronfman-Raniere.
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Breaking News: TWO TRIALS In The Bronfman-Raniere Case – Northern District to start with child porn and child exploitation! – Investigation may widen!!!

Although the ultimate decision will be made by Judge G. Garaufis, it now looks almost certain that there will be two trials with respect to the charges that are currently pending against some of the defendants in the case of the U.S. v. Raniere Et Al.

That’s because the prosecution has now agreed that Counts Three, Four, Five and Eleven from the second superseding indictment in the case should be “dismissed without prejudice for lack of venue”.

Once again, for the sake of all those Frank Report readers who have not yet totally memorized the second superseding indictment, here’s what those four counts entail – and which of the defendants are involved in those charges:

• Count Three: Sexual Exploitation Of A Child – Jane Doe 2 (Keith Raniere)

• Count Four: Sexual Exploitation Of A Child – Jane Doe 2 (Keith Raniere)

• Count Five: Possession Of Child Pornography (Keith Raniere)

• Count Eleven: Conspiracy To Commit Identity Theft Regarding Jane Doe 7 (Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman & Others)

As was pointed out in the lengthy Memorandum-of-Law that it filed in response to all of the defendants’ pre-trial motions, the prosecution never asserted that those four counts could be tried in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) unless the defendants granted a waiver of venue.

Now, since the affected defendants did not grant such a waiver, those four charges will likely be tried in the Northern District of New York (NDNY) after the current case in the EDNY has been fully resolved.

It is not yet clear what the process will be in terms of re-initiating the dismissed counts against Raniere and Bronfman.

But from the wording in the Memorandum-of-Law, it sounds like the process will start anew in the NDNY – most likely with the presentation of the relevant facts to a grand jury that will have the power to indict Raniere and Bronfman for the exact same crimes that are being dismissed in the EDNY.

The question, of course, is whether the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the NDNY will stop with those two defendants – and those four crimes – when it FINALLY gets off its collective ass and get involved in matters involving the NXIVM/ESP sex-slave cult.

For almost 20 years, the NDNY has sat on its hands – and allowed NXIVM/ESP to evolve from a kinky little group with some strange rites and rituals into a criminal enterprise that has been involved in a variety of serious crimes in several countries.

Had the NDNY got involved back in 2005 when it was first provided with hard evidence about many of NXIVM/ESP’s criminal activities, there might not be 150 women walking around today with Keith Raniere’s initials branded on their pussies.

And there might not have been bogus criminal prosecutions brought against Toni Natalie, Joe O’Hara and John Tighe for allegedly accessing the website of the NXIVM/ESP cult by using a former members’ User Name and Password (Barbara Bouchey was charged with the same crime because for some unknown reason, she chose to access the NXIVM/ESP website four months after the New York State Police had seized all of the computers owned by Natalie, O’Hara, and Tighe for doing the same thing).

And there might not have been all the illegal immigration activities that ended up with so many foreign nationals living in the Clifton Park area.

And Raniere may not have raped underage girls.

And on and on…

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But now the NDNY has a “second chance” to get it right.

Now headed up by Grant C. Jaquith, who took over as the U.S. Attorney on July 1, 2017, the NDNY can easily make up for his office’s years of inaction with respect to NXIVM/ESP.

And the NDNY need not limit itself to the four counts that have been dropped in the EDNY.

Although Raniere and Bronfman cannot be charged again with Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy – at least not with respect to the predicate acts that were used to support those charges in the EDNY –  there are plenty of other potential defendants within 25 miles of Jaquith’s office who are definitely candidates for those charges.

And what about all the public officials – like Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares, Albany County Judge Peter A. Lynch, Albany City Judge Holly Trexler, New York State Senior Investigator Rodger Kirsopp, and a whole lot more – who aided and abetted the NXIVM/ESP criminal enterprise over the years.

Let’s see if you can get it right this time, Mr. Jaquith.

We’ll be watching – and we’ll be reporting – every step of the way on what you do and don’t do.

 

 

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  • One of the great things about this development is that it pretty much guaranties there will be no severing of trials for the remaining defendants. That, in turn, will likely lead to more plea deals in the not too distant future.

    • Neither Clare nor Allison were implicated in the child porn charges.
      In fact the impetus to sever the trials was generated by the fact that Clare and Allison had nothing directly to do with Raniere’s child porn and did not want to be tainted by those charges.
      Now there is less pressure on Clare and Allison to enter a plea bargain.

  • Because the trial is being severed with the child porn charges being investigated and prosecuted in Albany rather than Brooklyn it will lessen the pressure on Care and Allison to make a plea deal.

    Clare and Allison’s main objection to recent events was being forced to be Raniere’s co-defendant while he was being tried on child sex and porn charges.

  • I like the idea of addtional charges hanging over the heads of Raniere & Co., as well as the Albany area politicians. Whatever sentences are given out should run like Manafort’s additional conviction, consecutively, not concurrently, with whatever punishment the near-term trial results in. Even in the highly unlikely event any of them are found not guilty in the first trial, Raniere will probably remain in jail until the NDNY charges are resolved.

  • This is terrible news. NXIVM got away with everything in the Northern District for more than a decade. So now a new investigation will start in their old stompng grounds with different results? AND during a major election cycle?

    Worst news ever.

    One Trump appointee versus years of connections within the system. What kind of odds would Vegas put on that?

    • I think you are going to be in for a pleasant surprise. Patience is a virtue. It takes time but the job is being done.

  • FrankReport has just published it’s most DECEITFUL ARTICLE TITLE in history.

    Claviger is basically conning his readers into thinking that the NDNY has agreed to prosecute NXIVM.

    LOL.

    In fact, the TRUTH is that the ONLY ‘new development’ is that the EDNY has agreed to drop all Child Porn charges due to lack of venue.

    The article title should have read like this:

    “EDNY Agrees to Drop All Child Porn Charges Against Keith — Will NDNY Finally Agree to Prosecute Him?”

    Guess what?

    The NDNY has not uttered ONE WORD about investigating or indicting anybody at NXIVM for anything, as of yet.

    So it’s funny that Claviger wrote an article title which ‘implies’ that the 2nd trial (NDNY trial) is basically ‘happening’ and is all but a certainty.

    When in reality, he’s just using WISHFUL THINKING to tell us what he HOPES might happen.

    I can’t believe that Frank allows such a deceptive article title to deceive his readers into thinking the NDNY has agreed to prosecute or indict when in reality it hasn’t done SHIT.

    Claviger just can’t seem to tell the truth.

    I know for a FACT that Claviger is one of the dumbest attorneys in Albany, which is actually quite a feat considering that Albany is the most corrupt legal system on planet Earth.

    Come on Frank, stop deceiving your readers.

    • Oh, fuck off, what’s the name now, “Kristoff”? — You lyin’ jizzbrain, podophilic, pocho, hairdresser!

      Maybe Claviger and Big Ears know something you don’t that Claviger put in the headline without being able to fully substantiate as yet in the story. That’s still his opinion and legit for the venue.

      Meanwhile, all YOU EVER DO is GUESS.

      Maybe Claviger wanted to soften the news on the apparently “dropped” child exploitation charges.

      Meanwhile, all you ever do is try to INCITE and harm.

      [They’re closing in on you, Johnson. You’re not getting away with the sick Sultan prank. Your withered days on FR — ANY social media — are numbered.]

    • Kristoff,

      I say settle down now man or woman.

      You must be worried that your ass is on the line for being dragged into charges of the NYND charges to be having such a hizzy fit.

      If you crossed the line, you might have to do the time. Karma catches up sometimes in the same life time.

      Those of us who had to deal with NXIVM all over our asses for years are enjoying the show we’ve waited for.

      Your rants are funny. Right up there with Pea Brain. Keep em coming, please. I still miss Luke, whatever happened to him?

  • Hey Claviger.

    Guess what, asshole?

    The NDNY is just as likely NOT to pursue any indictments (in the NXIVM case) due to WHERE the investigation might lead, if they open this ‘Pandora’s Box’.

    Why risk exposing local or state politicians in such an investigation?

    Why risk exposing NY state law enforcement officers to corruption charges?

    If they begin investigating Keith, they know that evidence against Albany politicians or NY state troopers ‘might’ come up — which they’d be unable to ignore after that point.

    Once they bust one NY trooper or politician, they’ll start ‘yapping’ and implicating higher ups in state government to save their own skins. The Feds DON’T want to open that can of worms.

    Even though they are Feds, they still live and work in Northern New York and often need the cooperation of state politicians or law enforcement officers.

    That’s precisely why they’ve avoided indicting NXIVM for the last decade YOU FUCKING IDIOT.

    Thus, they are just as likely to NEVER pursue these child porn charges against Keith Raniere and to let this issue die on the vine.

    They are just as likely to keep this Pandora’s Box CLOSED.

    Pandora’s Box ain’t getting opened, you FUCKEN RETARD.

    Get a clue, Claviger.

    I can’t believe that I have more legal smarts than you. 🙂

    • You apparently skipped over the part in the Memorandum-Of-Law where the prosecutors wrote: “The undersigned have been in contact with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and will determine how to proceed on Counts Three, Four, Five and Eleven following their dismissal in this matter”.

      Plus, there is no way for you to know that attorneys from the Northern District have previously asked to get involved in this case on two separate occasions. Both times, they were told they’d have to wait until the EDNY case had been concluded.

      Lastly, we have heard from several sources that the Northern District office will be under intense scrutiny from DOJ headquarters when they have an opportunity to move forward with charges against Raniere and others. The embarrassment that resulted from their past failures means they will have very little discretion as to how things will be handled.

      PS/Since your comment contained no factual analysis and no legal analysis whatsoever, I’m not sure what leads you to believe that you have any legal smarts. Binge-watching Law & Order may make you feel smarter than the people you usually hang out with – but it’s really not the same as knowing anything about the law.

      PPS/Numerous scientific studies have determined that guys who type in all caps to emphasize what they’re saying tend to have exceptionally small dicks. I can’t believe I have more scientific smarts than you!

      • Kristoff,

        Bahahahahahaha, do you have a small dick, Kristof?. Maybe you’re part of NXIVM and your dick is stuck in the flight mode – up your ass.
        If you go to jail, guess your gonna be a bottom boy.

      • Krclaviger,

        Since you are wasting the time to respond to you know “who”…..I think we all pretty much know who Kristoff is…..

        …I am wondering if you could just post a link to more information regarding the type of deal Bronfman’s attorneys were attempting to make for her using information from another independent case and individual entirely…..

        I would greatly appreciate and I believe everyone else interested in the criminal justice system inner workings would as well.
        *******

        BTW, did I happen to mention I believe you are one of the greatest writers of our time? In addition to being an incredible legal analyst as well. I hope you are having an incredible weekend!!!!

  • Let’s see if you can get it right this time, Mr. Jaquith

    Actually it is not about “Mr.Jaquith getting it right. It is about him overturning years of democrat party corruption in the Albany area that permitted these crooked shitstains to do their dirty deeds. They were the ones not “getting it right” The Obama DOJ and the criminal Cuomo regime know no shame in their complicity with this evil that has been perpetrated on the young and innocent.

    • seems to me that Obama and Cuomo had invested interest in child trafficking along with every other politician carpetbagging their way into nys politics since y2k

  • So does this make it less likely that Mack will plead guilty to any of the remaining charges in the original case – or more likely, because she can now do so without facing so much prison time, and accepting designation as a sex offender at this point, instead kicking that can down the road?

    Will those who have plead, or who do (I think Russell will, after coming back from spending time with family and being reminded where her real allegiances lie), then be under the gun to testify fully and truthfully in new proceedings in NDNY, which could actually strengthen the case there?

    And will SDNY do anything to try to make sure that NDNY follows up fully on their work and doesn’t drop the ball, or maybe even develops new charges? I’d expect that if the SDNY were really invested in seeing the case through, that they might even transfer one or more of their staff familiar with it, to NDNY to help shepherd it through – it will be interesting to watch for any signs like that.

  • Best week in a long time for those who have been waiting for this group to be brought to justice.

    Where will Vanturd await his trail in the NDNY? Is the MDC too far away? Will it be another hellhole or a federal prison closer to Smallbany?

  • KR – If the NDNY agrees to prosecute, I imaginethe evidence will be handed overto them and the defendants will have to be reindicted on these charges. Can we expect that to happen before the upcoming trial?

  • If anyone thinks the charges are dropped, they are not. They will be moved if the Judge in the EDNY agrees to move them.

    Raniere’s lawyers want that, why, who knows?

    Allison Mack, Kathy Russell and Clare Bronfman are going to be dragged along with their Master to the NDNY to face the same charges.

    Should of gotten on the Plea Bus a little sooner ladies.

  • Among possible parallels and comparisons for NXIVM, are Scientology, the Manson family (whose leader also mined Scientology for techniques of manipulation and control), and the infamous FLDS polygamist Mormon cult.

    The FLDS was rife with pedophilia and sex abuse, and various financial crimes, on an epic scale, even fully taking over whole towns, their law enforcement and judicial systems. They were given a pass and even protected for the better part of a century, by mostly Republican officials at all levels of government – cases like this aren’t about party politics, rather the general problem of corruption in politics. Attempting to politicize the issues, just plays into the sort of dynamics that help allow such corruption to fester in the first place.

  • US Attorney Grant Jaquith – a Republican appointee of Donald Trump – does not necessarily have to follow the longstanding tradition of the office of turning a blind eye to the crimes of Bronfman-Raniere.

    P.S. Please help support Roger Stone’s defense from the alt-left

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