Even Before he Appeals his Conviction, Raniere Will be Seeking Relief

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Several readers have recently commented about the likelihood that Keith Raniere will be filing various appeals reading his recent conviction on seven felony counts (I would actually label it “inevitable” rather than a likelihood).

Raniere himself has been telling his fellow inmates that he plans to get a whole new team of attorneys to pursue those appeals.

Two members of Raniere’s defense team: Marc Agnifilo [l] and Paul DerOhanessian [r]
As noted in an earlier post, the issues that Raniere will likely raise on appeal include the following:
– the “incomplete” cross-examination of Lauren;
– the refusal of the prosecution to grant “safe passage” to Raniere’s Mexican witnesses – and the refusal of the presiding judge, Nicholas G. Garaufis, to allow those witnesses to testify via closed-circuit television;
– the fact that victims were allowed to testify without revealing their last names whereas other witnesses had to provide their full names; and
– the fact that the prosecution was allowed to use evidence that it found at Raniere’s sex lair at 8 Hale Drive.

And, when all his issue-based appeals are rejected, Raniere will throw the ultimate “Hail Mary Prison Pass” – and claim that his four attorneys provided “ineffective counsel” before, during, and after his trial.

In preparation for all this, Raniere himself has been spending several hours per week in the Law Library at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Law Library

Given how long he’s going to be in prison, he’ll have plenty of time to study the law.

He may even transform himself into a “jailhouse lawyer” – which would give him a much higher status in prison.

Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

But, then again, there’s that 2.26 GPA – and his total reliance on “word salad” rather than logic.


Post-Conviction Motions Are Next
Long before his new legal team gets around to filing any appeals, Raniere’s current legal team will be filing a series of post-conviction appeals.

Although these motions generally have to be made within 14 days of a conviction, the defense has requested that the deadline for doing so be extended to July 30, 2019. Assuming that request is granted – which it will be – the prosecution will have until August 13th to respond.

While his lawyers may come up with some unique post-conviction motions – e.g., the trial should have been delayed to allow Keith to replenish his supply of yellow Post-It Notes rather than forcing him to switch to blue ones – these are usually pretty straightforward.

Motion For A New Trial
This type of motion is permitted per Rule 33 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure – and allows the trial court to vacate any judgment and grant a new trial if the interest of justice so requires.

If such a motion is based on newly discovered evidence that will exonerate the defendant, the deadline for filing it is 3 years from the date of the conviction.

Although it’s difficult to imagine that any “newly discovered evidence” will ever be found in this case, this means that we’re going to have to come up with a new designation for June 19, 2022.

We’ve already designated June 19th on our calendars as Vangone Day.

June 19th

So, what special designation shall we give to June 19, 2022?


Motion For Judgment Of Acquittal
This type of motion is permitted per Rule 29 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure  – and, if approved, allows the trial judge to override the verdict of the jury and enter an Order of Acquittal in favor of the defendant.

Although it’s inconceivable that Judge Garaufis will grant such a motion, it’s expected that Raniere’s legal team will file one anyway.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis

Unless the judge suddenly ends up moving to his newly acquired island home on Wakaya Island, it should take him about 10 seconds to make a decision on this motion.

Wakaya Island Home

Raniere is likely going to be one of those prisoners who never accepts the fact that he was rightfully convicted on the charges against him.

He will thus spend a good part of his life in prison looking for a way out – kind of like a rat in a maze that has no exit points.

Raniere has never accepted responsibility for anything in life.

Not all the bogus stories he made up about his skills and talents.

Not his crappy grades at RPI.

Not his illegal Consumer’s Buyline, Inc. pyramid scheme.

Not all the crimes he committed while presiding over the NXIVM/ESP crime syndicate.

Not his total lack of ethics

Not all the people whose lives he ruined.


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  • I think Agnifilo intuitively knew the trial’s result and that Raniere would dump him afterwards. But that was OK with him, he was done with this sycopath, so he grabed his Bronfman money and waked. Probably the other attorneys are doing the same.

  • Nah, he’ll make a shit prison lawyer unless he can get some mug to do all his research and write him ‘reports’.

    At best he skim-reads blockbusters, nothing wrong with that, mind, – just won’t get you a law qual.

    the minutiae of jurisprudence will give him migraines, and the fact that there will be quite a few truly able and smart people up to the same thing – will wipe him out completely –

  • Let’s hope the new team of lawyers keep a safe distance from the contagious Fungus the Bogeyman.

  • I wonder why Mark Agnifilo didn’t make a case or call any witnesses after the prosecutors closed theirs?

    • Who do you think would have testified on behalf of Raniere? He wouldn’t even take the stand in his own defense.

      • The two lead women prosecutors would have shredded Keith on the stand. It was a nice head play and the strategy worked. Heaven forbid Keith would be questioned by a woman! Done in by his own vices. Nice job, Keith!

      • It’s very common to put on a defense without the defendant testifying. Anyone who would have testified for Raniere would have ripped a new one by the DOJ.

  • “But, then again, there’s that 2.26 GPA – and his total reliance on “word salad” rather than logic.”

    “Raniere has never accepted responsibility for anything in his life…. the bogus stories he made up about his skills and talents…crappy GPA….crimes… lives ruined…etc”.

    These are hands down what makes KAR such an easy person to hate. And laugh at. And shake one’s head with disgust.

    I think as part of Raniere ‘s sentence he should be forced to write these statements out 15 times every 15 minutes and state them out loud 15 times every 15 minutes until the truth of them really sinks in.

  • June 19, 2022 might be called Vanquished Day – but it seems likely he will still have appeals pending at that point, regardless.

    And how about something like a little Parasite Day get-together at Silver Bay sometime around the 4th weekend of August, to celebrate his vanquishing?

  • He is ethical and he strives for ethics alone. Yes he will appeal. But will the judge put forth the effort necessary to be noble?

    • Having sex with chidren and branding and black mailing women is NOT ethical. The sort of Kool Aid you guys had in Nxivm could be used to clean up toillets too!!

    • Yolanda, will you put forth the effort not to regurgitate his nonsensical, manipulative, self serving concepts and think for yourself?

    • Yolanda,
      The recent indictment of Jeffrey Epstein for child molestation is proof that the Trump administration intends to prosecute child sex traffickers.
      And it also demonstrates that Trump will probably pursue charges against members of the NXIVM elite from Mexico.

      Was Allison’s recent mental breakdown related to the scheme hatched by Raniere and Emiliano to lure NXIVM critics and defectors down to Mexico to have them kidnapped and disappeared in Mexican prisons?

      Let me leave you with the words of songwriter Bob Dylan.

      Gotta Serve Somebody

      “Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

      But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”

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