Judge Garaufis Is In Denial

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis

U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, who presided over the relatively brief but gut-wrenching trial of Keith Alan Raniere, is apparently not in the mood to grant any requests on behalf of Raniere.

Perhaps the best example of this is his recent denial of what appeared to be a fairly benign request by Raniere’s attorneys, Marc Agnifilo and Teny Geragos (Interestingly enough, Raniere’s other two attorneys – Paul DerOhannesian II and Danielle R. Smith – were not even listed on the request).

Marc Agnifilo


Teny Geragos

In their two-sentence request dated July 5, 2019, Agnifilo and Geragos simply asked that the deadline for the submission of Raniere’s post-trial motions be pushed back from July 10th to July 30th – and that the deadline for the government’s response to those motions be pushed back from July 24th to August 13th.

They even noted that they were making the request “with the consent of the government”.

No big deal, right?

It’s summertime, no real need to make everyone work extra hard during the month of July.

Everybody just got done with a very emotional trial that ended with a jury deliberating less than 5 hours before finding Raniere guilty on all charges.

So, let’s take a few extra days to file these motions that no one expects to be granted anyway.

Ehh…not so fast.

On Monday, July 8th, Judge Garaufis issued an order flatly denying the request.

Which means that all of Raniere’s post-trial motions are due today.

It must have been a couple of fun days back at Brafman & Associates P.C. as they scrambled to get done in two days what they thought they had three more weeks to do.


Another Denial For Nancy Salzman
Judge Garaufis also denied Nancy Salzman’s requests that she no longer have to wear an ankle monitoring device – and that she have no curfew.

MK10ART’s fabulous painting of the three faces of Nancy Salzman.

As was noted in an earlier post, there was absolutely no reason for Judge Garaufis to grant either request unless Nancy is near death.

In fact, even Nancy’s attorneys couldn’t come up with any plausible reason for the requests.

Which is why they wrote this to the judge: “We make this request at this time because the trial in this matter has been completed and therefore many of the reasons justifying these conditions no longer exist”.

Labeling that a “weak argument” does not do justice to the word “weak”.


Lauren Salzman Asks For Same Relief – May Get A Different Response
On the same day that Judge Garaufis was denying Nancy’s requests, Lauren Salzman’s attorneys submitted a request that she also be allowed to ditch her ankle monitoring device and have no curfew. They also wanted her to be able to travel to New Jersey whenever she wanted to do so.

Lauren Salzman

The requests submitted by Lauren’s attorneys at least made a stab at providing a reason why they should be granted.

“This proposed modification to the Court Order setting release conditions is to afford Ms. Salzman a more fulsome opportunity to integrate into her community. Ms. Salman’s request to travel to the State of New Jersey is to allow her to continue to care for her elderly and ailing grandparents who depend on their immediate family for assistance”.

While “a more fulsome opportunity to integrate into her community” sounds eerily like Raniere word salad, I do not believe that he authored this request.

Nor do I think it will necessarily get turned down as Nancy’s did.

To begin with, Lauren entered into a cooperation agreement at the time she pleaded guilty. Nancy did not.

In addition, Lauren also appeared as a witness for the prosecution – and, according to many courtroom observers, was the most effective witness they called (Even Raniere reportedly holds her most accountable for the “Guilty” verdicts rendered by the jury in his case).

Lastly, the prosecution and her Pretrial Officer have no objection to Lauren’s request.


Meanwhile, on an unrelated note, tensions continue to grow in the anti-NXIVM community as some individuals continue to exaggerate their role in NXIVM – and their involvement in the takedown of the cult.

One well-known member of that community recently commented “It’s a lot like those phony war heroes who go around wearing medals they never earned – and claiming responsibility for deeds they never did. Luckily for them, the Stolen Valor Act doesn’t cover this sort of situation”.

The Frank Report is continuing to gather information about people who are re-writing history in order to make themselves appear to be more important than they actually were – both in terms of the cult’s formation and its takedown. Depending on what else we learn, we may have a lot more to say about this situation at some point in the future.

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  • JJ O’Hara,

    You allege and seem to have made the inference that a particular individual or group of individuals are stealing valor.

    These individuals are claiming to have had a bigger role in taking down Nxivm.

    Joe, what if the individual or individuals actually believe what they are saying?

    How are the individuals you acuse supposed to be cognizant of the fact that you are referring to them?

    Joe, frequently people that encage in self promotion and puffery believe there hype.

    I am sure you have good reason and intentions not to lash out….

    …….But you may just be wasting your time with your public admonishments to no one in particular.

  • If Lauren Salzman was still a part of NXIVM she’d couldn’t care less about her grandparents. It would have been a breach to even ask her Master to take time off to visit them.
    Same with Nancy Salzman.

    Both Salzman sisters turned their backs on their father because he refused to be ordered around by his ex-wife and fire an ex-member of NXIVM. They were ordered to never speak to him again and they didn’t. What kind of kids do that to their own family?

  • How do we know the prosecution is in support of Lauren’s request? Does that just mean they didn’t offer up any objections or they actually stated they were in support? I’m a little surprised. Yes she did cooperate and testify, but she still pleaded guilty for serious charges.

    • My “is supported by” phrasing is, in fact, a little overstated. The actual language in the letter from Lauren’s attorneys is as follows: “Additionally, the Government and Michael Dorn, Ms. Salzman’s pretrial officer, have no objections to these proposed modifications.

      I will make an appropriate edit to the post.

      • Michael Dorn? Is Lieutenant Worf moonlighting? Just imagine Lauren trying to shake off a Klingon. 🏃‍♀️👾👽

        • Pyriel, obviously Lauren Salzman is joining Starfleet. It’s like old times when rogues joined the French Foreign Legion to forget their past.

        • Too funny. I know Michael Dorn, and the guy’s sense of humour is fairly limited at times, so I can definitely say he would no find this at all humourous. I am free to laugh, though.

  • Nancy Salzman without an ankle monitor? The bipedal demented monster must be made to wear the monitor on its death bed!!! Hopefully she does not get to see January 2020 above ground!

    P.S. Scum like her have forfeited their right to being referred to as a human being even in grammar terms! In truth she should be dragged to prison together with her tumours!

  • An Issue for the NXIVM Defendants to Ponder.

    Jeffrey Epstein cut a plea deal in the Southern District of Florida in 2008.
    That ended any Federal prosecution of Epstein in Florida at that time.

    But Federal Plea Deals are drafted in such a way as to not interfere in other Judicial Districts in the prosecution of criminal behavior.
    In fact it is against US DOJ policy to draft any plea deal that interferes with other Federal agencies and prosecutors with pursuing criminal charges.
    (There are 94 US Judicial Districts altogether each with its own US Attorney and its own staff of prosecutors.)
    So the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York is free to file new charges against Mr. Epstein for similar behavior which occurred in the SD NY.

    What does this mean for our NXIVM friends –Keith, Clare, Allison, Nancy, Lauren and Kathy?
    There is nothing to prevent the US Attorney for the ND NY (Albany) from bringing new criminal charges against all of the NXIVM defendants.
    In fact most of the criminal behavior in NXIVM was centered around the NXIVM Village in Clifton Park.
    Raniere almost never left Clifton Park.
    Most of the pimping was centered around Clifton Park.
    Corporate headquarters were located near by.
    Corporate records were kept in a storage locker near by.
    Communications to NXIVM affiliates in Mexico, Canada and the UK usually went through Clifton Park.
    Most of the NXIVM insiders lived in the ND NY.

    KR Claviger has written extensively about the ability of the US Attorney for the NDNY to pick up the ball and continue the prosecution of NXIVM to the final end game.
    “Pressure Continues to Mount on the NDNY To Do Something”

    Claviger’s article, linked to above, lays out the possible crimes of NXIVM and the possible defendants.
    Donald Trump has appointed a new US Attorney for the ND NY.
    “The current U.S. Attorney for the NDNY is Grant C. Jaquith. He was appointed to that position on January 5, 2018 – well after the EDNY had begun its investigation of Raniere and his criminal cronies (Jaquith served in an acting capacity from July 1, 2017 through January 4, 2018).”

    It’s time for the ND NY to prosecute the full range of NXIVM crimes.
    The EDNY (Brooklyn and the rest of Long Island and Staten Island) already has a full plate of crimes to worry about.
    The real End Game for NXIVM lies in the total destruction of this criminal organization in its home base.
    There is no obstacle in the way.

  • Regarding folks exaggerating their role in the takedown of NXIVM, I am reminded of this quote from President John Kennedy,
    “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.”

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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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