Nxivm attorney, Michael Sullivan, can appear by telephone on Monday's privilege hearing.

Two attorneys excused from in person appearance at Monday hearing, Lauren required to attend however

Two orders were issued by the court on Friday with respect to Monday’s hearing on the issue of attorney-client privilege before Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon.
Lauren Salzman’s attorney Hector Diaz of Arizona requested that he and Andrea Tazioli be allowed to
appear telephonically for the in-person Oral Argument set for Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
“Ms. Tazioli and I have several matters scheduled for a hearing in Arizona (Maricopa County Superior Court) on Monday, February 11, 2019,” Diaz wrote the judge.
He also requested that the Court waive Lauren’s appearance.
Judge Scanlon granted the telephone appearance request for the attorneys but apparently will require Lauren Salzman to appear in person.
Her order reads:  “… Counsel for Defendant Lauren Salzman may appear by telephone by calling into Chambers at (718) 613-2300. All others must appear in-person.”
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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.

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Frank Parlato

Frank Parlato is the founder of the FrankReport, publisher and editor-in-chief of Artvoice, The Niagara Falls Reporter, Front Page and the South Buffalo News.

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