appear telephonically for the in-person Oral Argument set for Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Michael Sullivan is the attorney for Nxivm. He too asked to be excused from appearing in court Monday, though his attendance was optional.
Magistrate Judge Scanlon granted his request.
Readers may remember Sullivan. He was Keith Raniere’s attorney prior to his arrest and, according to Raniere’s first bail motion, Sullivan tried to find out from the Northern District of NY DOJ if Raniere was under investigation. Raniere was in Mexico at the time and, according to the bail motion, he really wanted to be cooperative and was not in hiding.
The curious part of the story is that Sullivan contacted the Northern District of NY DOJ, not the Eastern District of NY.
Many people would assume that Sullivan – or at least his client Raniere – would have known better than to call the Northern District since it was reported in the New York Times and elsewhere [including the Frank Report] that it was the Eastern District that was investigating Raniere.
In addition to that, according to the prosecution, the FBI went to Monterrey and visited the Executive Success Program’s office in San Pedro Garza Garcia and left cards seeking to contact Raniere. These agents were not from the Northern District. Had Sullivan contacted these agents, they would surely have directed him to contact the EDNY.
Whether Raniere told Sullivan this choice bit of info – or deliberately misled him into calling the Northern District – is unknown.
Still, one thinks, Sullivan should have been able to ascertain the right district DOJ by simply googling Raniere and reading about his branding-related plight and how the Eastern District was investigating him.
But, somehow, Sullivan only called the Northern District which said they were not investigating (Nothing new there – especially since the Northern District had steadfastly refused to investigate any aspect of the NXIVM crime syndicate for almost two decades).
Had Sullivan contacted the right district, he would have likely found that Raniere was indeed under investigation and possibly he could have alleviated concerns that Raniere planned to flee. This may have spared the FBI having to search for him for over a month – while he shifted from Monterrey to Puerto Vallarta – after ditching his cell phone and switching encrypted email.
Sullivan – perhaps inadvertently, for he may have been misled by the world’s smartest man – was the agent, at least in part, for Raniere being in jail today awaiting trial after having been denied bail three times – largely because he was in Mexico when he was arrested.
Sometimes a man can be too smart for his own good.
In any event, Sullivan – who is also representing Nancy Salzman in the action by the feds to seize Keith’s “sex lair” which she owns at 8 Hale Court in Clifton Park – has asked to be excused from Monday’s hearing where he appears as the attorney for the company Nxivm.
Scott left another message at my previous article.
You’re a threat to him, niceguy. You research, write well, you’re humorous without being offensive and you’re not out to take over FR by bashing other contributors and commenters. Look out!
Genius idea if you Catfished Vanguard successfully.
Unfortunately if you did he now knows it not so genius.
Catfishing the enlightened one? Nice play…bad move.
Maybe or maybe not 😉
Maybe or maybe not what?
I think its brilliant that Raniere went to Mexico. Now he get to spent his time at the MDC instead of bail due to his brilliant decisions.
Think these attorneys are phoning in because the money’s going dry?
No, they can bill more hours this way. Lawyers generally get only half pay for travel time, so this maximizes the ching-ching factor.
Did anyone get lucky catfishing Raniere in prison? 😉
Scott loved the reference to my last article. I and S. left a short explanation of the IHS in the comment section of my article. You should enjoy reading about your tax dollars at work.
Scott that was sarcasm. Lol
By the way you get a lot of undeserved grief thrown your way usually for pointing out the reality of a situation or matter with regards to actual fact.
You are an intelligent guy. You read enough articles and have left plenty of comments. You must have something insightful to share. How about it? Start writing again
I already wrote an article a couple of weeks ago. Frank chose not to print it.
I wonder whether Lauren will fall down at the hearing, as she doesn’t have her lawyers there to prop her up? It’s always much more effective to be at a meeting rather than calling in, especially for such a crucial attorney/client privelige this hearing will be. Plus, her lawyers will miss all of the body English and gestures, especially from Marc’s hand signals for all of the other lawyers to shut up and let him speak for everyone.