The original Nxivm defendants. Sketch by MK10ART.

Will Coronavirus Postpone Scheduled Sentencing Dates for Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman – and Will Kathy Russell, Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack Ever Get Sentenced?

As more and more announcements come out about events and meetings that are being altered, canceled, delayed or postponed because of concerns over the coronavirus, it seems reasonable to ponder whether the scheduled sentencing dates for Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman and Kathy Russell could be delayed yet again.

Thus far – and this is a fast-evolving list that is changing by the day, hour, minute – here are some of the things that have been disaffected by the virus:

The National Basketball Association has suspended its season until further notice.

The XFL has suspended its season.

The National Hockey League has suspended its season.

Major League Soccer has suspended its season for at least 30 days.

Major League Baseball has canceled the rest of spring training – and will delay the start of the 2020 season for at least two weeks.

Broadway shows have temporarily closed.

Disney World in California will close on Saturday – and remain closed until at least the end of March.

Several courthouses – including the EDNY courthouse – have canceled all non-courtroom activities.

So, would it really surprise anyone if the scheduled sentencing dates for Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman end up getting postponed because of the coronavirus?

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Currently Scheduled Sentencing Dates – and Potential Sentences

At present, we only have scheduled sentencing dates for Raniere and Bronfman.

Keith Raniere

Raniere is scheduled to go first – at 10:00 AM on April 16th.

Based on the crimes for which he was found guilty, Raniere will be going away for at least 15-years.

But many courtroom observers – and even his own attorney, Marc Agnifilo – think that Raniere will most likely end up with a life sentence.

MK10ART Zombie Raniere

Regardless of what his sentence is, Raniere will undoubtedly be filing an appeal (That can only be done after he’s actually sentenced).

In the meantime, his lead attorney, Marc Agnifilo, has filed a motion for a new trial based on what he claims was perjured testimony from several of the witnesses who testified against Raniere at his trial.

Unless Judge Garaufis grants that request – which is just about as likely as Raniere admitting that he’s a total fraud – Raniere will learn his fate on April 16th.

That is, of course, unless the EDNY courthouse is shut down before then because of the coronavirus.

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Clare Bronfman

Next up will be Clare-Bear – who is scheduled to learn her fate at 10:00 AM on April 23rd.

She was originally going to be sentenced on July 25, 2018 but that got pushed back by Judge Garaufis to January 8, 2020. Then, after he read her Pre-Sentencing Report, he informed her that he was thinking of putting her behind bars for more than the originally recommended 21-27 months – and re-set her sentencing date to February 14, 2020.

mk10 portrait of Clare Bronfman 

When her attorneys requested more time to file objections to the contents of the Pre-Sentencing Report, Judge Garaufis set April 8th as her sentencing date.

But that got pushed back to April 23rd because April 8th will be the first day of Passover – and this may Clare’s last chance to light the candles for a few years.

So, Clare will (finally!) learn how long she’ll be imprisoned on April 23rd – unless, of course, the coronavirus shuts down all courtroom activities in the EDNY before then.

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Sentencing Dates Up in the Air for the Other Defendants

At this point, none of the other defendants in the case has a “date certain” sentencing date.

Let’s take a look at each of them – and how we got to this weird place where none of them knows when they’ll be sentenced even though they all pleaded guilty alomst a year ago.

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Kathy Russell

Kathy Russell was originally going to be sentenced on July 31, 2019.

But that date was canceled by Judge Garaufis on July 1, 2019.

Kathy Russell

Eventually, he set January 29, 2020 as her sentencing date.

Then, because of the delay concerning the production of her Pre-Sentencing Report, her attorneys requested a new sentencing date of April 21, 2020.

Although Judge Garaufis granted their request for a delay, he did not set a new sentencing date.

Which is probably a good thing because just today, Russell’s attorneys asked to have until March 27th to file their objections to the recommendations set forth in her Pre-Sentencing Report (They did not receive that document until February 29th).

Judge Garaufis has not yet ruled on that request – but it is expected that he will approve it.

So, when will Russell actually get sentenced?

Only Judge Garaufis knows – and he ain’t telling.

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Nancy Salzman

Nancy Salzman was the first of the six NXIVM defendants to grab a set on the Plea Deal Bus – and the first to have a sentencing date set (Although Raniere missed the bus, the other four co-defendants all managed to get seats).

Her original sentencing date of July 10, 2019 was postponed indefinitely by Judge Garaufis on July 1, 2019.

Nancy Salzman

And no new date for her sentencing has ever been set.

The speculation is that she is helping federal prosecutors put together new charges against Raniere and Bronfman – and several other high-ranking members of the cult – and that she won’t be sentenced until those new prosecutions are completed.

But that’s just speculation.

When it comes to Nancy Salzman, we really have no idea when she’ll be sentenced.

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Lauren Salzman

Lauren Salzman was the second defendant to grab a seat on the Plea Deal bus – and even though she has pleaded guilty to two felonies that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years each – she may end up with a better seat than her Mom.

That’s because she was the prosecution’s star witness during Raniere’s trial.

Lauren Salzman by Marie White.

Originally, she was going to be sentenced on September 11, 2019 but that date got postponed by Judge Garaufis back on July 1, 2019.

No new sentencing date has been set for Lauren – and, just like her Mom, the speculation is that she’s helping federal prosecutors put together new charges against Raniere, Bronfman and several other high-ranking members of the cult.

And so, just like her Mom, we really have no idea when Lauren will be sentenced.

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Allison Mack

Allison Mack got on the Plea Deal Bus right after Lauren – and just like her, she was originally scheduled to be sentenced on September 11, 2019.

And just like Lauren, that original sentencing date got postponed indefinitely by Judge Garaufis back on July 1, 2019.

MK10ART’s portrait of Allison Mack

No new sentencing date has been set for Allison – and, just like Nancy and Lauren Salzman, the speculation is that she’s helping federal prosecutors put together new charges against Raniere, Bronfman and several other high-ranking members of the cult.

And just like N ancy and Lauren, we really have no idea when Allison will get sentenced.

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What’s It All Mean?

It’s hard to figure out what all the sentencing delays mean.

Some of them may have been related to delays in the feds producing the requisite Pre-Sentencing Reports.

Others may be related to cooperation regarding new charges that are being prepared against Raniere, Bronfman and other high-ranking members of the cult.

Only one thing is for certain right now…this is not the time to book a hotel room in conjunction with your plans to attend any of these sentencings.

PS/Wash your hand at least 10 times per day –and stop touching your face! C’mon people, let’s be careful out there!

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    • The founder of a globalist think tank has written an article for Foreign Policy in which he complains that the coronavirus outbreak is “killing globalization as we know it.”

      Philippe Legrain, founder of the Open Political Economy Network (OPEN) says that the spread of COVID-19 “has been a gift to nativist nationalists and protectionists.”

      Legrain argues that coronavirus could be “the nail in the coffin for the current era of globalization” because it has “highlighted the downsides of extensive international integration while fanning fears of foreigners and providing legitimacy for national restrictions on global trade and flows of people.”

      He adds that the crisis will have a lasting impact on undermining America’s reliance on international supply chains and provide “political fodder for nationalists who favor greater protectionism and immigration controls.”

      Gee, you think. International Supply Chains make everyone vulnerable as per this story: BREAKING: Communist China Hints They May Deny Americans Life-Saving Coronavirus Drugs

      And why President Trump’s “Buy American” Executive Order: End Medical Supply Chain Reliance On China issued this EO to cut the medical international supply chain.

  • Well, it sure looks like President Trump took this Trojan Horse, got on top of it, took it by the REINS and is NOW RIDING IT right through the GLOBALISTS’ mouths.
    At 3:00, Trump MAY declare a STATE of EMERGENCY, which is what MSM has been raving about in their MASS HYSTERIA push, and he will then have CARTE BLANCHE and they are FREAKING OUT!!!
    Nancy Pelosi just addressed the nation!
    Too funny.
    Strange how these idiots in Congress for 40 years are talking about Trump not being prepared for a PANDEMIC when THEY are the ones that let all medications and their ingredients be manufactured in CHINA and the test kits in SOUTH KOREA and never put out ONE BILL to address how to deal with a POSSIBLE PANDEMIC ever.
    Pass the popcorn

    • “Strange how these idiots in Congress for 40 years are talking about Trump not being prepared for a PANDEMIC when THEY are the ones that let all medications and their ingredients be manufactured in CHINA and the test kits in SOUTH KOREA and never put out ONE BILL to address how to deal with a POSSIBLE PANDEMIC ever.” Anonymous

      This should be the end of Globalism and result in the END OF FREE TRADE.

      • Shadow, once again you have fallen for fake news, disinformation and fallacious straw man arguments, failing to fact-check.

        Could it be that you’re even more credulous and gullible than Mack or the average NXian? You should have more sympathy for those other critical-thinking-challenged people.

        Using The Google, or just directly searching your favorite Wikipedia, would have turned this right up – from just last year:

        “The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAI) is legislation introduced and passed by the U.S. Congress in 2019 that aims to improve the nation’s preparation and response to public health threats, including both natural threats and deliberate man-made threats.”
        Long title: An act to reauthorize certain progra…
        Enacted by: the 116th United States Congress

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic_and_All-Hazards_Preparedness_and_Advancing_Innovation_Act

        p.s. I’ve been buying American personally and in my businesses, and strongly against excessive offshoring of production, for over two decades, long before it was even on most peoples’ radar. And having watched it unfold, I can tell you that it’s a typical bi-partisan problem or even failure.

  • I’m guessing that things will start to normalize into April with the arrival of warmer weather an the end of the regular flu season – though that is known to linger into May. The already-backlogged courts are going to have to try to find a way to keep things moving, though of course that may be counter-balanced by a lot of judges being in the age demographic most likely to be hard-hit by coronavirus. We might see more of a move to holding simple proceedings on video, though sentencings might not lend to that if victim testimony was to be allowed. So I’d say it’s 50-50 that the April sentencings will go ahead as scheduled.

    p.s. As far as being careful, we need to watch out for fake news and misformation as well. We’ve already seen a convincing looking supposed “posted at a doctor’s” piece here, and I’ve seen another one going around that claims to be a set of tips that came from a “Stanford Hospital board member” – but aren’t. In both cases authors went to lengths to make up something that had the ring of authority – a typical trick – and seemed plausible, but contained misleading or completely fabricated supposed “facts.” As we’ve seen evidence and examples of here, there are people who are strangely motivated to concoct hoaxes and spread false information that could even harm others.

    • I’m guessing that things will start to normalize into April with the arrival of warmer weather an the end of the regular flu season […]

      It is not a “flu” and there is no reason for believing that it will go away. Stop believing what the WH is saying. You know you cannot believe the Liar in Chief. It was a hoax just two weeks ago.

      But maybe Corona will do what Impeachment did not. Being removed by a Chinese virus named after a Mexican beer…. It would be a Chinese take out 😉

      • Lol, F.D.C. — good message. “Stop touching your face” ain’t the cure for this. Stop touching the TV remote and buying into the mass hysteria being generated in no small part by our very own U.S. ‘Corruptor-in-Chief.’

        NXIVM has destroyed far more lives than Coronavirus ever might — sans the pandemic pandemonium which is far more dangerous.

        BTW, if you like “Corruptor-in-Chief” please feel free to spread it around. Pretty sure I proudly coined it, pass it on.

        • Heidi, first, I assume you are aware that the cornavirus death count in the US is now about 40 – which, combined with all the havoc caused in other people’s lives, is far worse than NXIVM, however awful that was.

          There’s a good chance we are going to follow the same curve as Italy, where deaths are now up to around a thousand in a populaton of just 60 million, and their hospitals are overwhelmed even though they have more beds per capita than we do. The reason for extreme measures now is to try to flatten that future (actually just a week or two away) curve as much as possible, though we may already be doomed to by a late response, in which the number of people who are severely ill enough to require hospital treatment, even though they could be saved, ends up being more than the health care system can handle at any one time:

          Coronavirus will overwhelm US hospitals, just like in Italy
          https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/6141119677001/#sp=show-clips

          Italy’s coronavirus crisis is possible in the US
          https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171217/coronavirus-covid-19-italy-hospitals

        • Always a good laugh when left wing nut blowhards like Willard and his butt buddy Hutcheson check in with their ignorance

          It’s obvious to anyone with any awareness of history that Covid 19 is just the next big Democrat campaign push. It’s 2020’s Black Lives Matter, or Occupy Wall Street, or The Great Recession. Or Climate Change. They never let a crisis go to waste. And if there isn’t one, they’ll create one (see Russian Collusion). In this case, I won’t go so far as to say that they manufactured the virus, but they have certainly capitalized on it to amplify the fear and stoke hysteria, all for political gain.

          To see how Democrats are over-hyping Covid 19, consider how a similar situation was handled during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009. We didn’t see the kinds of event cancellations then that we’re seeing today. In 2009, the NBA, NHL, and MLB seasons went on as planned while the H1N1 pandemic was raging, at a time when, in the US alone, 60 million people became ill, 275,000 were hospitalized, and nearly 13,000 died, with as many as 500,000 deaths worldwide. I know the data suggests that Covid 19 is more virulent than H1N1 (if that data is to be trusted), but there were also reasons for greater public concern with H1N1 than with Covid 19. For example, H1N1 disproportionately impacted young and middle aged people, while Covid 19 fatalities are almost entirely limited to the elderly or people who are otherwise immunocompromised. The reallity is, the vast majority of us who might contract Covid 19 will have, at worst, mild symptoms similar to a cold or typical flu, while those who are in the limited at-risk group are easily isolated from the general public, and are not generally found at gatherings like sporting events. During the H1N1 pandemic, the very people who would generally attend sports events were among the at-risk group, and yet these events went on. Why? What is different now?

          The H1N1 and Covid 19, and even the seasonal flu, are serious illnesses that require us to take precautions and be aware of our risk factors, and especially the risks that we present to others. But never before have we cancelled an entire month in this country for fear of an illness. If this was Ebola, then I’d understand. But the hysteria surrounding this virus is unprecedented, and those who have stoked this hysteria are irresponsible. We should be urging calm and common sense measures to limit the impact of what is ultimately a natural and ever-present concern, not the panic we are seeing.

          Once this hysteria has passed, very few will even remember Covid 19, just as few remember H1N1 or any number of outbreaks that have come before. But this outbreak represents a unique opportunity to the left, and all of these leftist institutions, including the media, sports leagues, schools and universities, are especially motivated to drive the flame of Covid 19 hysteria for political gain. Does anyone honestly think we would be reacting this way if Obama was still our president? Or Hillary? No. With a Democrat in office, the message would be to thank God we have government to keep us all safe from catastrophe and oblivion. Without them, we are all doomed. That is always their message.

          • I assume you missed the fact that POTUS (R)* declared a National State Of Emergency just a couple of hours ago. (Note even the grave Fox News report from Italy, below)

            One major thing the numbers you cite don’t take into account, is what we already know about the unusually high mortality rate among the elderly and those with compromised health. Besides what has been reported from China, in this country at the worst-hit nursing home in Washington State, out of about 120 original residents, 53 had contracted the virus and 23 had died as of yesterday, for a disease mortality rate of around 40% and a mortality rate of 20% of the total elderly population there. If that played out in nursing homes across the US, the fatalities among that demographic alone could be in the hundreds of thousands.

            The other crucial factor that’s missing in those numbers and poses unusual risks in this outbreak, is the overall hospitalization rate – necessary to keep the death rate low, due to COVID-19 having a high rate of pneumonia-like acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). For the 2009 H1N1 outbreak in the US, hospitalization was 22.4 per 100,000 population (https://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/hosp_deaths_ahdra.htm), or .0224%.

            “But among 44,000 cases in China, about 15% required hospitalization and 5% ended up in critical care. In Italy, the statistics so far are even more dismal: More than half of infected individuals require hospitalization and about 10% need treatment in the ICU.” ( https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/10/simple-math-alarming-answers-covid-19/ )

            Italy is the important reality-check you also missed – the US could well be in the same situation in about 2 weeks. Perhaps the most serious problem facing us, unlike other outbreaks of flu and viruses within memory, is a possible complete overwhelm of the healthcare and hospital systems, just as they are experiencing there:

            Newt Gingrich: Witnessing Italy’s coronavirus crisis tells me US must rapidly ramp up response

            “These steps are not an overreaction. The coronavirus is out of control of in Northern Italy.
            ….
            Because the demand for respirators and intensive care has been beyond any previous planning, doctors have been forced into the kind of triage thinking developed for intense battlefield casualty situations. There are reports that emergency room doctors are allotting respirators to those with higher life expectancy due to the limited equipment in the hardest-hit areas of the province. If you are older or have other illnesses, you may simply not be eligible for treatment.”

            https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/italy-coronavirus-us-response-newt-gingrich

            see also:

            Here’s How COVID-19 Compares to Past Outbreaks
            https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-deadly-is-the-coronavirus-compared-to-past-outbreaks#So,-when-will-things-calm-down-with-COVID-19?-

            * I’m making that one reference to party affiliation, in order to point out that this is something that transcends affiliation and ideology. Otherwise, I think we should stick to the facts regarding this health emergency.

          • There’s even more panic with far more extreme quarantine measures, cancellations, fines, and policing being taken in other countries. I wonder how CNN and the Democrats convinced China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, and who knows who else to do that. Must be an election year in those countries too.

          • No idiot I did not miss it. It is a political move to prevent your fellow democrap shitstain demoncraps from trying to put a bill through that supposedly is going to aid the war against the virus. Big emergency right, Slick? Yet they loaded it with fucking pork. Why is that, Slick? They wanted Trump and the Republicans to fight the bill and look like villains to the idiot Americans like you still sound asleep. Trump declaring an SOE took that away from the corrupt evil bastards.

            Slick, your left-wing bullshit gets as old and as tedious as you. Did you ever think of fact-checking your own bullshit sources??

          • CNN and the democrats are Globalist entities. Ask yourself why a weaponized virus was released from China

          • Dullard, first and most importantly, as to the facts about the dangers the virus poses, I demonstrated conclusively that you were completly wrong.

            And just as an update on how wrong your were, even the Surgeon General is now saying we could have the same 20% hospitalization rate as Italy, which, if coronavirus spread like SARS did in 2009 (60 million is indeed the correct case number), would put 12 million people in the hospital – except that we don’t even have a million beds in the whole country.

            Also, even your delusionally culty political claims fall apart on a quick fact-check – Congress was asking for the declaration, it wasn’t a genius pre-emption sprung on them:

            Schumer, other senators to ask Trump to issue national emergency declaration for coronavirus
            Updated 3:40 PM ET, Wed March 11, 2020
            https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/11/politics/schumer-coronavirus-emergency-declaration/index.html

      • I actually don’t believe “what the WH is saying”.

        Instead, I’ve been following the science, and the recommendations and opinions of the best authorities, particularly because of my involvement in the international partner dance community, including planning events on multiple continents, and travel by participants and performers. We’re trying to figure out when, for instance, when we might be able to bring in artists from economically struggling countries who have already paid for expensive visas to the US, and who can’t afford to skip an entire season.

        What I’m seeing, based on the pattern of cases observed in previous coronavirus outbreaks (SARS, MERS), and the peaking of cases reported in China, is that the pandemic should subside coinciding with warmer weather in April and May, indeed following much the same pattern as season flu – but it’s not going to vanish, as indeed was falsely implied or claimed, and there’s some possibility it may linger longer and stronger. That’s why I prefixed my relatively brief comment by saying “I’m guessing.”

        That’s not to say that there’s not good reason for the measures being taken now, or that particularly vulnerable populations are out of the woods, regarless of season, until a vaccine is developed – which is also almost certainly much further off than the WH is implying or claiming. And however much it does or doesn’t taper off over late spring, summer, and early fall, it’s almost certain to become a serious problem again by next winter, unless some unlikely miraculous progress is made with a vaccine.

        p.s. For reference, see, for instance:

        Will Warm Weather Curb Coronavirus? What the Experts Say
        https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-12/will-warm-weather-curb-coronavirus-what-experts-say-quicktake

  • This virus is airborne. Zero evidence touching face or washing hands will have any effect. You inhale the virus in and masks are likely worthless.

    • The virus isn’t always airborne, and that’s not the only means of transmission, so it seems that statement regarding hand hygiene is false:

      “A study published late last year on hand hygiene and the global spread of disease through air transportation found that if people wash their hands while at the airport, the spread of a pandemic could be curbed by up to 69 percent. The same research group previously found only an estimated 20 percent of people have clean hands while at airports.”

      https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/09/how-touching-your-face-can-spread-viruses-and-why-youre-so-bad-at-avoiding-it/

      Don’t Touch Your Face

      “To help prevent infections, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Why? Touching the mucous membranes on your face with your dirty hands allows germs that cause respiratory infections to enter the body.”

      https://apic.org/monthly_alerts/dont-touch-your-face/

      Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu | CDC
      https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm

      As for wearing masks, there’s some truth about their limited effectiveness – though that only points to hand hygiene still being important:

      “the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) generally suggests that only health care workers who are in close contact with people with influenza wear masks. The CDC doesn’t recommend that people in public areas wear masks to protect themselves from influenza.

      If you have influenza and need to leave your home, such as to go to a doctor’s appointment, you can wear a mask, which may help reduce the spread of infection. The CDC also recommends avoiding contact with anyone if you’re ill with influenza.

      Generally, taking precautions such as washing your hands regularly and avoiding people who are sick is considered the best mode of protection against influenza.”

      https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/swine-flu/expert-answers/flu-mask/faq-20057878

  • At this point, the delay might be more related to the Coronavirus pandemic panic than anything else.
    Once basketball tournaments and baseball seasons are canceled or delayed, you know the nation is in crisis mode.

      • You call anyone who is not a whiny liberal “alt right”. You don’t even know what the term means. It also has nothing to do with Trump, yet you just have to bring him up too. It also has nothing to do with blacks, immigrants or muslims, you stupid idiot.

        A cuck, short for “cuckold” is a weak little “man” who lets the woman in his life fuck other males, usually more dominant them him. The term gets used to describe weaklings, even if they have never been cucked before. Basically, another way of calling someone a little pussy. Like you. You are also a cuck.

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