Raniere Wants His Letters-of-Support Made Public – as Clare Bronfman Seeks Release From Prison Pending Appeal of Sentence

MK10ART Clare Bronfman and Keith Raniere are both behind bars.

Two developments on the legal front occurred today – one in the case of Keith Raniere and the other in Clare Bronfman’s case.

Earlier this week, Raniere’s attorneys filed his letters-of-support with the court. For some reason and it is unclear as to why, the court sealed the letters, meaning that only the court and the parties can view them and not the general public.

That’s not how Raniere wants it. His lawyers are asking the court to unseal Raniere’s letters-of-support – which presumably the judge will do (They’re still sealed as of right now).

Clare Bronfman’s letters-of-support were not under seal and were available immediately to the public.

Meantime, Bronfman’s attorney, Ronald Sullivan, filed a motion asking that she be released from prison until her appeal can be decided.

His entire letter.

Ronald Sullivan wants Clare Bronfman released from prison while her appeal is pending.

Here is an abbreviated version of his letter asking for Clare’s release pending appeal.

… We respectfully write…  for bail pending her appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second  Circuit.  Following her guilty pleas to two crimes, fraudulent use of identification and harboring an alien for financial gain, Clare was sentenced on September 30, 2020 to eighty-one months of imprisonment…

Clare Bronfman Poses No Risk of Flight and No Danger to the Community

Clare Bronfman is not a flight risk and poses zero danger to the community if she were to be released pending appeal.  As the Court is well aware, she willingly returned to New York from Mexico to face charges and remained here even when the Court sua sponte sought an upward variance [of her sentence above sentencing guidelines].

She was a model pre-trial services supervisee. Clare poses no danger to “any other person or the community.” She has no prior convictions and has never been accused of any sort of violence. Nor did she fund a sex cult, a fact with which this Court agreed…

Since the outset of this case, at least since the time of the arrest of Keith Raniere, Clare has known that she was under investigation and facing arrest. For example, at the bail hearing for Mr. Raniere, the prosecution said that Clare “is a person who the government does believe has acted as a co-conspirator in criminal activity” with Mr. Raniere…  Nevertheless, Clare voluntarily returned to the United States from Mexico after Mr. Raniere was arrested. Moreover, after Mr. Raniere’s arrest, Clare traveled to Europe several times (after informing the U.S. Attorney’s Office of her travel plans) and then returned to the United States…  In addition, Clare, understanding that she was likely to be indicted, rented an apartment in Manhattan, so that she could live in the area – close to her attorneys – while she prepared for trial. Relatedly, Clare’s attorneys had asked the government, prior to her arrest, that she be given the opportunity to voluntarily surrender.

Furthermore, while Clare does have significant foreign ties, including family members in England and France and property in Fiji, there is no realistic possibility that she would manage to flee to any of these countries. As to her resources, Clare’s only significant source of wealth comes from trusts of which she is the beneficiary, and the Court has already received declarations from the trust advisors that they will not “distribute funds as discretionary distributions to a fugitive from justice.”…

Clare Bronfman’s Appeal Is Likely to Result in a Reduced Sentence

Clare Bronfman’s appeal to the Second Circuit intends to raise a substantial question of law or fact likely to result in a sentence that does not include a term of imprisonment or a reduced sentence to a term of imprisonment less than the total of the time already served plus the expected duration of the appeal process. Specifically, Clare intends to demonstrate, inter alia, that her sentence of eighty­ one months of imprisonment is (i) disparate with the sentences received by other individuals who pleaded or were found guilty of similar, non-violent crimes; and (ii) contrary to the current measures implemented by federal detention centers to reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst the prison population…

In addition to being detained in a facility that potentially has many positive diagnoses for COVID-19 [The Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center], Clare has provided the Court with medical records demonstrating a potentially serious liver disorder that puts her at heightened risk of contracting coronavirus.  The risk to Clare’s health and safety is sufficiently apparent that denying her release would amount to a cruel wager on her life…  Accordingly, this Court should grant her bail pending appeal…

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis issued an immediate order to the prosecution to respond.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis order was made the same day he got Clare’s request for bail:

ORDER: The Government is DIRECTED to respond to Defendant’s [951] motion for bond by October 16, 2020 at 12:00pm. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 10/15/2020.

The fact that he gave the prosecution only one day to respond does not bode well for Clare, I suspect.


If I were to wager on this, I would say the motion to free Clare pending appeal will NOT be granted.

Here is my reasoning: She took a plea deal that stated she would not appeal a sentence under 27 months. Clare may get a reduction of her sentence, but it will not be less than 27 months – which is what she agreed to serve in the first place. And since Judge Garaufis will most likely be the one that sets her reduced sentence, it’s quite possible that she will end up being sentenced to the 60 months that the prosecution recommended.

Therefore, the judge may decide that since she is not likely to get a sentence of less than 27 months, even if she does win a reduction of sentence on appeal, and since she has been in prison only 17 days, she can stay where she is until she has served 27 months. That is more than two years from now and an appeal will probably take about a year.

Of course, one thing that could complicate the process is a big uptick in Covid-19 cases in prison, where many non-violent and at-risk federal prisoners may be released.  Clare has claimed she has a liver condition and though the Covid 19 situation is not dire in prison, that may change and she may be released with or without a successful appeal as many other federal prisoners have been released.

As of now, Clare has to serve her sentence of 81 months, with possible time off for good behavior. Absent her release by Judge Garaufis, she will be assigned by the Bureau of Prisons to a permanent facility sometime in the future. It is possible that she will remain at MDC for some time – up to and including the entirety of her prison sentence, whatever that winds up being.



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  • I wonder if they would do a new deal that if she compensates those who lost money and businesses in the 40 lawsuits are paid the many millions they lost, directly and indirectly, she might get less time on appeal?

  • This is marvelous. Is KR hoping, like Clare, to offer up the “I’m too good for this fate” gambit? Will KR’s goodness also be located deep within his bone-marrow, his every cell?

    “I’d like to thank all my fans in the world who know how good I am and if, you, the judge can catch just a glimmer of my goodness, you will be literally blinded…I’m clearly too good for this sentence, this system of justice. Make me another, more blind system that can and will recognize my goodness!”

  • Sullivan continues to make requests for Clare Bronfman that were probably planned before she was sentenced. Really, the defense’s responses are routinely pre-planned, before the verdict is given.

    But then Judge Garaufis creamed Clare Bronfman, publicly and profoundly, for the entire world to hear. Thus, especially after Judge Garaufis and others spoke about her actions and her character before her sentence was delivered, Sullivan’s lawyering seems out of touch and almost as if he were diddling around with a fictional assignment.

    To me, his words are weak. He does not appear to be either realistic or specific enough. Just a lot of legalistic blah blah. Feel like nonviolently poking the dude and saying “wake the hell up.”

    On the other hand, look what Sullivan has to work with, the untouchable touchhole who is still proud to be Raniere’s bankroller and grey-skinned spinster, Clare hangy-down dusty moldy half-dead spider Webb Bronfman. That would be like trying to make a fine baked Alaska without any whipped eggwhites. A flat and unfuckable pie. Withered and dry.

    One might or not make love to desserts, but you get the picture. No one wants an ughly, oldish, slightly used pie, except perhaps for Frank’s commenter, Scooter, what with his obsession with Hamway, but Scooter seems to be a boy with only one bowl.

    Not that Clare’s sex life went on parade during the trial or anything. That could be what she is so fundamentally pissed about, though. You do see how to dig this aspect, yes? Dig deep, for there could be Clare’s potential arena for healing herself. Peel away her pathetic, offensively defensive superiority complex and what’s left? Not one hell of a lot. She perceives herself as unlovable and has set out to prove it. To herself.

    She is the one who copped a plea to cut down her potential charges, along with the rest of the Raniere henchwomen who were charged. Why? Due to the superseding indictment in Raniere’s hog festival case. That is what it took for these dumbass devotees to give up hope. S-E-X. The hot poker! (Not Flabturd, definitely not. Salami slave.)

    Once his sexual crimes came into the prosecution’s artillery, these women folded and put themselves at the mercy of the Judge. Remember?

    The Judge did not bother to talk about Clare’s sex life or how her criminally disintegrative behavior could have been impacted by her jealous competitiveness, dying to be Raniere’s number one goombah.

    Mission accomplished, Clare? Oh wait. Clare will never be spicy. Clare will never be hot stuff. Neigh.

    However long Clare Bronfman stays in prison, she is going to be going through changes, probably including menopause. But the trouble is, Clare displayed herself as not being comprehensive about herself or about how she perceives herself as being above the law. Special. She is special, like an old shard of discarded toenail lying in the sand.

  • Inside Hunter Biden’s laptop!
    Did Hunter Biden’s Laptop Contain Child Porn?

    by Kelen McBreen
    October 15th 2020, 5:35 pm

    Reporter who allegedly saw contents of Hunter Biden laptop describes an “underage obsession.”

    A tweet published by One America News Network’s Chief White House Correspondent Chanel Rion claims the hard drive from Hunter Biden’s laptop contained “underage obsessions.”

    “Just saw for myself a behind the scenes look at the Hunter Biden hard drive: Drugs, underage obsessions, power deals…” she wrote “Druggie Hunter makes Anthony Weiner’s down under selfie addiction look normal. Biden Crime Family has a lot of apologizing to do. So does Big Tech.”

    Chanel Rion OAN
    Oct 15
    Just saw for myself a behind the scenes look at the #HunterBiden hard drive:

    Drugs, underage obsessions, power deals…

    Druggie Hunter makes Anthony Weiner’s down under selfie addiction look normal.

    #BidenCrimeFamily has a lot of apologizing to do.

    Perhaps also referring to “underage” content, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Steve Bannon on the War Room Pandemic podcast on Wednesday that the hard drive contains “sensitive stuff.”

    “What we’re in possession of contains 1,000, maybe more, photographs that are highly, highly – anywhere from inappropriate to illegal – and have to be possessed by the Chinese government,” Giuliani said.

    Only a portion of the data in the hard drive has been released so far, so an even bigger October Surprise could be awaiting the Democrat Party.

    If there is “underage” material on the hard drive allegedly belonging to Hunter, the FBI will have to answer some questions as well.

    According to the computer repairman who obtained the laptop, “The FBI first made a forensic copy of the laptop, then returned a few weeks later with a subpoena and confiscated it.”

    However, the agency did not know the repairman also made a copy in case anything suspicious took place.

    ZeroHedge reports, “After he stopped hearing back from the FBI, Isaac said he contacted several members of Congress, who did not respond, at which point his intermediary reached out to Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello.”

    Tick tock Sleepy Joe.

  • Off-Topic: Mexico Government is a Drug Cartel:

    The latest arrest of one of Mexico’s top officials with links to Mexican former President Carlos Salinas. The former Mexican Defense Minister was arrested.


    This arrest gives credence to the notion that Carlos Salinas is the supreme head of the Mexican Drug Trade.

    The Frank Report is one of the very few news outlets to report on the Carlos Salina cartel link.

    • Nice Guty:

      Wait until you see what Rudy Giuliani has on Joe Biden!
      Rudy has a duplicate hard drive of Hunter Biden’s laptop with all of the salacious photos and all of the emails.
      And Hunter and Joe Biden were splitting the loot from China, Russia and Ukraine.
      Twitter, Facebook and the media are eager to bury that story.
      Not to worry the FBI already has the original hard drive of Hunter Biden’s laptop.

        • Shadow, like father like son. Only with a bit less subtlety or self-control. Son of Joe, clutching his hairy nipples in a bathtub, substance abusing himself out of his gourd. Like an extra in a fratboy movie. Just what the world always has always wanted! A half of a demented corpse for prez, and one with such exemplary frigging offspring, too!

          I say yeah, yeah. That’s what I say, I say yeah, yeah. Where is the damned zookeeper? Up in heaven, eating Wheaties?

          Just once, I’d love to see a little girl, who that clutchy-assed Joe Biden manhandles, take a bite out of him and holler, “keep your goddamn paws off of me. I am NOT for you.” Disgusting. For decades. But where are the good guys or their female counterparts? Vacationing in outer space? Hallucinating? Spending your money?

  • I hope the Raniere letters of support are made public – give us the chance to see who is still firmly behind him. Might also give some insight into why he still has support despite all the info that has been made public about his true character and motives. And of course, there is always the entertainment factor.

  • While it would be entertaining to read these letters from the f*cked up minds Raniere helped create, it’s the letter from his father that does not exist that would be enlightening. LOL

  • Yawn. His letters of support mean little, if anything. I would like to read them, though, for entertainment.

    What has he done to help anyone, other than himself, to better their lives? Hello? Anyone? I’m all ears…

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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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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