Trial & Motions schedule for Raniere ordered by court – but subject to change

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis has now ordered a schedule for the upcoming trial of Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman, Allison Mack, Lauren Salzman, and Kathy Russell.

Here is the schedule. Keep in mind it is subject to change.

October 31: Defendants must make any request for relief from this court’s 25-page limit on motions.

November 16:  Defendants shall file their “Pretrial Motions (Unrelated to Discovery or Severance)” (the “Initial Motions”) by no later than November 16, 2018.

December 14: The Government shall file its responses, subject to possible extension for good cause.

December 21:  Defendants shall file their replies to the government’s replies, or seven days after the Government files its responses.

January 3, 2019: Oral argument on the Initial Motions is scheduled at 11:00 A.M. in Courtroom 4D South.

The court will not set a schedule for other types of pretrial motions that the parties intend to file until after the court reviews the Initial Motions.

Additionally, the court will not set a schedule for “Motions Related to Jury Selection,” but will instead schedule a hearing at which the parties can propose procedures for jury selection.

March 18, 2019: Opening statements and trial are scheduled to begin, subject to the court’s further review.


Personal prediction: This trial will NOT start on March 18th. There will be some delays in discovery and motions will be pushed back. A superseding indictment may be handed down – which would very likely push the trial date into the fall of 2019.

Of course, I could be wrong. If everyone flips and allows Keith Raniere to take the fall and Clare Bronfman to make true restitution, then this trial could occur in March – with one or two defendants – not the original six.



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  • Not to wish ill on anyone, but hopefully Vanturd will be found dead in his cell from a severe anal hemorrhage one morning way before any trial starts, which would save taxpayers a lot of money.

    • Where that has it’s benefits, he needs to suffer as others have and he obviously is suffering in jail. Wait til he hits the big time in general population, I doubt these folks are his target audience. Nor are they going to fall for his brainwashing techniques.

  • While this post is not related to the topic, I’m more curious to know more about the relationship between Roger Stone and Frank, and how this relationship between the two of them started.


    • My understanding is Stone left, Frank replaced him, and Stone told Frank he got involved in something weird. Eventually, Frank agreed, but didn’t leave, he got fired.

      • Frank was only with them for a few months, unfortunately for him the Bronfmans didn’t appreciate his recovering 26 million in property and money. Keith was the one who really wasn’t happy as he was likely funneling this money off for himself. I don’t think he expected Frank to recover it and it ruined his plans. Who knows what he told the B sisters to turn them, they’ve proven it doesn’t take much.

        • Thanks. I was just curious because Roger Stone seems to be quite a colorful person to say the least. Stone seems rather shady himself by the company he surrounds himself with. I’d be curious more about how Keith and Roger Stone met.

  • It will for sure be the Fall of 2019. These things never go as scheduled. And good. Keith will remain in prison where he belongs.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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