Two days ago, Frank Report broke the news that Keith Raniere, 60, had contracted COVID-19.
We have an update: According to sources, Raniere weathered the worst of the virus and is now recovered. His symptoms were similar to the flu.
One of Raniere’s supporters, Eduardo Asunsolo, said that Raniere began to feel better this week compared to the symptoms he’d experienced 14 days ago. Another source who is close to Raniere said Raniere has recovered but is still very tired from the illness combined with his traveling from one prison to the next during last month, part of the time while suffering from COVID 19.
Raniere apparently contracted the virus along a route of prison transfers, which commenced with his departure out of the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center on January 5th and ended at his final destination, US Penitentiary Tucson, where he arrived on January 22nd.
In between those two points, he spent about two weeks at the USP Lewisburg in Pennsylvania, where he was placed in isolation. He then spent a few days in the Oklahoma Federal Detention Center before being transported to USP Tucson.
According to a report in the Mexican media outlet “Milenio,” Asúnsolo told reporter Juan Alberto Vasquez, “The inhumane treatment of Keith Raniere by the US Department of Justice continues. There was no need to move him from Brooklyn to Tucson except to keep him from consulting in person with his attorneys. On the way, he caught COVID. People in Mexico have no idea how corrupt the US justice system is.”
In early January, responding to rumors that Raniere might be transferred out of MDC, his newly-hired appellate lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, filed a letter with Judge Nicholas Garaufis asking him to make a recommendation to the Bureau of Prisons to keep Raniere at MDC until his appeal was filed and the restitution hearings were completed.
She wrote, “In normal times, traveling to confer with Defendant would not prove overly problematic; however, in the current climate, multiple and/or an extended trip to Tucson would be exceedingly burdensome – to speak nothing of the health risks posed to all involved. Given the complexity of this case and the stakes involved, undersigned counsel must have meaningful communication with her client which cannot be accomplished via phone calls.”
The next day, Raniere had been moved out of MDC around 5 a.m. before the judge could respond to the letter. [The judge declined to make the recommendation.]
In the meantime, Raniere has retained, in addition to Bonjean, at least two more appellate lawyers, both practicing in the NYC area. Reportedly a fourth lawyer, Marty Tankleff will also help with the case.
The two who recently filed notice of appearances with the court are Joseph D. McBride and Steven Alan Metcalf II.
From Metcalf’s website:
New York Criminal Defense Lawyer, Steven Alan Metcalf, II., Esq. has successfully and aggressively defended high profile media cases. Mr. Metcalf’s practice consists of State Criminal Defense, Federal Criminal Defense, Post-Conviction Litigation, Criminal Appeals, Civil Appeals, and Civil (Lawsuit) Defense.
Mr. Metcalf now works closely with his wife, and attorneys Joseph D. McBride and Marty Tankleff. Mr. Metcalf takes pride in his criminal defense work, and has a passion for post-conviction, actual innocence cases. Mr. Metcalf is the managing attorney of the criminal and civil departments of Metcalf & Metcalf, P.C.
“The next step is to establish a Wrongful Conviction Unit in Metcalf & Metcalf, P.C., and to teach law students about wrongful convictions with Marty Tankleff.”
In 2013, Mr. Metcalf founded the Metcalf Law Firm, PLLC, in the Wall Street area. Since his second year of law school, Mr. Metcalf has successfully handled hundreds of criminal cases from investigation to not guilty verdicts after trial. In 2017, Mr. Metcalf joined forces with his now partner, Nanette Ida Metcalf, and formed Metcalf & Metcalf, P.C.
From McBride’s website:
Located in New York City, The McBride Law Firm provides highly personalized white glove legal services inside and outside of the courtroom. Our brand of representation is intelligent, forward thinking, and relentless. From the moment we are retained, opposing counsel, prosecutors, and/or any other adversary will know that a law firm committed to achieving success on your behalf is aggressively representing you.
Joseph D. McBride is a tenacious litigator, compelling in the courtroom, talented at picking juries, and is well-known for being capable of winning over even the most difficult judges. He is also a veteran negotiator, with a track record of achieving optimal results while simultaneously avoiding the risk of trial.
Mr. McBride decided to become a lawyer after his younger brother Anthony was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to fifteen years of incarceration — for a crime he did not commit. Joseph shares a bond with each client he represents, because he knows what it is like to have his family’s fate in the hands of an attorney. Consequently, his brand of representation is holistic, collaborative, and highly personalized. And his style of counseling displays an empathetic, innovative, and supportive ethos throughout the course of the attorney-client relationship.
Prior to going into private practice, Joseph was a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Manhattan Criminal Defense Practice. He also represented incarcerated persons seeking access to post-conviction DNA testing with The Innocence Project. Joseph earned his Juris Doctor at Cardozo Law, located in Union Square, NYC, where he concentrated on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Litigation. Joseph earned his Bachelor’s degree at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. There he majored in Political Science, and minored in History. Mr. McBride went on to graduate magna cum laude. Joseph’s years of experience, courtroom charisma, and proven track record of results, make him a formidable foe in any adversarial process. From first contact until the final disposition, he will be with you each and every step of the way as you navigate the legal process.
Another noteworthy name in association with Metalf and McBride is attorney Marty Tankleff. He may assist in the Raniere appeal.
Tankleff, 49, was wrongly convicted of murdering his wealthy parents in 1988, when he was 17 years old. He was sentenced to life in prison.
His case illustrates how slow the justice system is and how rabid are many prosecutors, who do not like to admit they are wrong even if it means keeping an innocent man in prison.
Tankleff’s appeal in New York State Supreme Court failed in 1993. In 1997, a federal district judge denied Tankleff’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus [to determine if he was unlawfully imprisoned]. In 1998, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the district judge’s denial.
In 2003, his lawyers won the right to appeal a second time when they presented new evidence from 20 witnesses. More than four years later, in 2008, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division unanimously vacated Tankleff’s conviction and sentence.
After serving more than 17 years of imprisonment, he was released from prison.
Tankleff was represented by attorney Barry Pollack.
After Tankleff was freed, the Suffolk County District Attorney, feeling chagrined since the honor of the office had been maligned for thousands thought they put an innocent man in prison. The DA wanted to charge Tankoff again and retry him.
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer removed it from the Suffolk County DA’s hands and appointed New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as special prosecutor to reinvestigate the case.
Cuomo selected Chief Trial Counsel Benjamin Rosenberg and veteran homicide prosecutor Thomas Schellhammer to determine if there should be a new trial for Tankleff. The investigation was completed in 2008.
Rosenberg, seemingly splitting the baby, concluded that “The issue in this case is not whether there is evidence [that Tankoff killed his parents] but whether there is sufficient evidence.”
There was not, he said.
Cuomo then moved to dismiss the indictment. In the same motion, prosecutors announced they would not proceed against suspects identified by Tankleff’s defense team as the possible murderers, stating that “on balance, the defense theory does not appear to be supported by clear evidence.”
On July 22, 2008, the State Justice Robert W. Doyle concurred with the Attorney General’s motion to dismiss. All charges facing Tankleff were dropped. He was not retried.
Tankleff filed a civil suit against the state for his wrongful conviction and in 2014 was awarded $3.4 million as settlement of the lawsuit.
Tankleff then sued Suffolk County, in addition to various people who were police and county employees at the time of his arrest and trial. He was represented by Barry Scheck of The Innocence Project in Manhattan. In April 2018, Tankleff reached a settlement with Suffolk County for $10 million.
So who killed Tankleff’s parents?
“Marty Tankleff woke up on the first day of his senior year in high school to discover his mother and father brutally stabbed and bludgeoned, his mother—Arlene Tankleff—dead, his father—Seymour Tankleff—unconscious but alive. Marty called 911 and gave first-aid to his father….
“When the police arrived, Marty immediately identified the likely suspect: his father’s bagel-store partner, who owed his father half a million dollars, had recently violently threatened his parents, and who was the last guest to leave the Tankleff home the night before. A week after the attacks, as Marty’s father lay unconscious in the hospital, the business partner would fake his own death, disguise himself and flee to California under an alias. Despite the business partner’s motive and opportunity, he has never been considered a suspect by Suffolk County authorities to this day. Instead, the lead detective immediately took Marty to the police station and began a hostile interrogation of him that would last for hours….
“In 2001, [Tankleff] convinced a retired New York City homicide detective to conduct a ‘reinvestigation’ into the case. All leads led back to the business partner, whose son, it turns out, sold cocaine out of the bagel stores. The son’s enforcer had bragged over the years about having participated in the Tankleff murders. Through the drug enforcer’s arrest records, the investigator found an accomplice who admitted to having been the getaway driver on the night of the murders…
“Based on the getaway driver’s affidavit and other corroborating new evidence, Marty’s lawyers filed a motion for a new trial, which led to months of evidentiary hearings in a Suffolk County courtroom. As a result of media coverage and further investigation by Marty’s defense team, many new witnesses came forward. By the end of the hearing, over two dozen witnesses would present overwhelming evidence of Marty’s innocence and others’ guilt….
“The Suffolk County DA refused to recuse himself from the hearing despite extreme conflicts of interest. Five years before the Tankleff murders, he had represented the business partner’s son for selling cocaine out of the bagel store. … And his longtime partner had represented the business partner [the suspected murderer] himself. Among the new evidence revealed at the hearing was eyewitness testimony that the business partner had been well acquainted with the lead detective since before the Tankleff murders. This contradicted the trial testimony of the detective, who had not been in line to catch the case on the morning of the Tankleff murders but arrived 19 minutes after the early morning call, and who ignored the business partner as a suspect….”
This could be a case of corruption on the parts of both the Suffolk County DA and a detective on the case. But no charges were brought against either of them, and prosecutors in Suffolk County had no desire to investigate whether the business partner of the murdered man had any role in the killing.
It is possible that the DA and the Detective may have conspired to put an innocent boy in prison while covering up for the true killers, who they were associated with.
Much of Tankleff’s relatively brief legal career has been fighting for people who he believes were, like him, wrongfully convicted.
With Jennifer Bonjean, who, incidentally, represents Bill Cosby on his appeal, and Metcalf, McBride and possibly Tankleff, the appeals process will soon begin for Raniere. He has not been able to meet with any of his appellate lawyers.
Do they believe he was wrongfully convicted?
Who is paying for the new attorneys is anybody’s guess.
It seems unlikely that it is Clare or Sara Bronfman. Clare’s money is not easily accessible since most of it is tied up in trusts and her spending is monitored by the government. Sara recently disclosed she is not associated with Nxivm any more.
Are there other Raniere supporters funding the appellate lawyers? It is hard to imagine this team is representing Raniere pro bono and the costs of their representation, it would seem, would not be less than $300,000 for an appeal, and probably much more.
Raniere himself does not appear to have any money since his inheritance of the estate of Pamela Cafrtiz’s $8 million is tied up in the courts and may be paid out to his victims in restitution. Normally, a defendant has the right to be represented by an attorney without disclosing publicly or to the court who pays the attorney. In the Raniere case, prior to his trial, the public learned that Clare Bronfman had set aside a fund to pay for the attorneys who represented Raniere and their other codefendants.
The reason for the disclosure was based on issues of potential conflict of interest, with one defendant paying the legal bills for everyone.
This situation is different and it is unlikely the public will learn who is funding Raniere’s appellate efforts. That seems to fall under due process and specifically attorney-client privilege.
I watched the Starz series about NXIVM and what impressed me most was the short time it took the jurors to reach a verdict. They didn’t go through the indoctrination so they saw clearly what Raniere was about.
“Apparently recovers” from an illness he never had.
Is there any confirmation that Raniere actually had COVID? Or just the claim made by his minions? You know, the people who think he’s a saint and a genius, and a demigod that can control the weather with his mind.
I call BS on the COVID claim. It’s a transparent play for sympathy.
Poor ethical humanitarian. If only he could afford a multimillion dollar legal team without flipping a cent of the bill for it that magically appears out of nowhere (like his shirts) to help him win his case in this massive travesty of justice, then things could and would have been different. It is just so, so wrong that a white man of privilege who used the legal system as an abusive tool against his enemies can no longer get a fair trial in this country.
Damn you all to hell the Department of (In)justice!!!
So, I see Anthony’s Two Lawyers really came through? Expect immediate responses to objective data, much debunking, and, of course, all for free speech – which means, therefore, ergo, QED, pro-bono terms of engagement? What wouldn’t these fine folk do for love and justice?
USP Tucson: Cofirmed Active Cases: 7 Inmates, 70 Staff
Raniere almost managed to make a fine art out of being chronically unemployed, with benefits. For once, give the fuckknuckle a little credit. Frozen pizzas, a fridge to catcall, sleepin’ all day, no laundry concerns, sperminatin’ all night.
What gnome with erectile dysfunction wouldn’t want all THAT?
Let us sing and dance! Those are some grim-looking lawyers, Frank.
And here I thought you gave warnings prior to showing awful photos. My Gawd.
It’s nice he can afford top-notch appellate lawyers, yet not pay child support for his firstborn. Plus, he enjoyed decades of gratis maid, errand, and laundry service before getting arrested.
He went from living with Mommy in Suffern to living with new, rich Mommies in Knox Woods. Never grew up, but learned to work the system, as brats will do. Karma is indeed a bitch, at least now.
Wonder if things would have been different if he didn’t legally abuse critics/defectors or threaten their lives through “Mexican attorneys”. Likely not. The idiotic idea of branding finally did it.
Apologies to those who still love and adore this “man”.
Glad he designed a couple of interesting courses though. You can find those online.
Time for another podcast ‘Raniere Speaks a Little Bit More’ and laments the unconstitutional contracting of Covid and how he survived against all odds.
This team of lawyers seems of a different style than his prior team..
—This team of lawyers seems of a different style than his prior team.
They’re the ’94 Knicks!
Marty Tankleff’s story was gripping! 👍🏼
True. I wuz gripping a barfbag. Here I imagined that I was alone. Gesundheit. Grüss Gott? Holy shitowski.
Grüß Gott, literally “Greet God”, we say in Bavaria, that is true. 😊👍🏼
When following the money, always remember to think of the accountant/ballerina, Teresa Russell. (Who?) Who dat? Yes, that is how come one looks. The silence is not always truly silent. Grrrrr.
She has appeared as rather an uninfluential “$lave” who is barely mentioned or noticed. That is convenient. Churchlady minus a church?
Maybe there’s a hole in the Nxivm electrified fences. Maybe Russell was loaned a special Salzman shovel and was instructed to dig a few holes, and maybe she dug out some moneypits quite awhile ago, before quietly and awkwardly toe-shoeing her way down South, where it’s easier to keep invisible and to pretend to have always been a good little but somewhat elderly ballerina who doesn’t remember the first six positions. Or maybe Teresa never knew.
Whatever happens now, when Miss Teresa reminisces about being a money carrier and a threesome groupie, in the name of Keith Raniere? Unsatisfactory, menopausal dry dreams? Please, I’m “kidding.” But Jesus, God and Mary. Are we gonna pretend that these iconic imaginings or true friends, as it may be, are asexual and thunderingly unaware about SEXUALITY?
Take off the running shoes, kill off the denials, vanquish any personal guilt trips and relax. There is nothing to be gained by sitting around and firing blanks. This miserable tower of babble is bound to collapse. Magnetism will remain, waiting to be noticed and enjoyed for what it is.
There is often wisdom in thinking invisible. However, Russell, and her onslaught of fifth amendment protestations have not been forgotten. Good scatterbrain act, though. Yada yada yada.
Fools and money. Very peripheral. No big whoop but lots of oopsies. And when a lawyer climbs out of his or her suit, what’s left? A naked man or woman, and, once upon a time, somebody’s baby. Why grow up repugnant? There oughta be a frickin’ law about that, but it would be without any earthly Judge.
In case Teresa Russell is lonely, bored and unsatisfied with her life as it is and as it has been, here is one of my old lambs’ wool toeshoe stuffers. I am keeping my pink bunny fur stuffers as toys for our cats, who also sometimes answer to “pussy.”
Flogging a dead horse can pay quite well, it seems.
It’s just a 5G outage; it will come back.
I know who’s paying those fees.
It’s the wealthy Mexican benefactors, Edgar Boone and co.
There are dozens of wealthy Mexican families who support this cretin.
Any one of them can pay money directly to his attorneys without giving it to Keith first, which would get around any court orders about his assets.
You can’t legally prevent a 3rd party from paying legal fees for the benefit of another person, especially if they’re not part of the current legal proceedings (not co-defendants, etc).
Duh, Frank. Get a clue.
Okay, so who exactly is paying for all these ‘White Glove, Bad Heart’ Appellate Defense attorneys?
Is it Clare Bronfman? If she is actively supporting NXIVM, she violated the terms of her incarceration.
Is it Sara Bronfman? Our favorite escape artist, living in the lap of luxury in Portugal?
My money’s on Sara. Who else could still be funding Raniere’s lifestyle and delusions of innocence?
“My money’s on Sara. Who else could still be funding Raniere’s lifestyle and delusions of innocence?” Anonymous
Perhaps some of NXIVM’s wealthy Mexican members.
Or maybe Marilyn Manson donates. Why not? Could be anybody, any ol’ 👿 face with pockets. Maybe Raniere gets fanmail. Maybe some freakazoid with a full head of hair can even marry the booger. Anybody for nonconsensual marital visits in a rusty trailer out in the Arizona desert? If desperate enough, perhaps Raniere can doll up as Sweet Betsy from Pike. There is a good verse in there about Betsy having an exhibitionistic episode. Kinda like Rama. Betsy ” showed her bare ass to the whole wagon train.”
There’s nothing like international dancing skills to rouse heaps of positively gluttonous empathy. Call it execucunt suckcess,* as seen on tv. Even in Cambodia.
Oops, Ramtha not Rama. By the way, does Ramtha have anything to say about how Mark Vicente has gone ahead now and gotten pissed and disappointed in another farting, belching gurudeva? Why the fuck not? She used to ride the rodeos. Giddy up.
Shadowstate, I’m sure you’ re interested in that.
NY tops California in COVID nursing home deaths after Cuomo scandal
By Carl Campanile and Bernadette HoganFebruary 5, 2021 | 8:22pm |
New York’s 12,743 nursing home resident deaths now exceeds California’s fatalities by about 2,600, the review by the Empire Center for Public Policy’s Bill Hammond found.
California has about 40 million residents, or twice New York State’s population.
” Raniere weathered the worst of the virus and is now recovered. His symptoms were similar to the flu.” Frank Parlato
Can anyone imagine the insanity of shutting down an entire country for a year for what is essentially a bad flu season?
Now you know why Anthony Fauci is a crackpot.
As for Raniere’s appeal it is his constitutional right to appeal and I would not deny anyone the right to appeal a conviction.
As for whlo is funding Raniere’s appeal look to the usual suspects:
The Bronfmans and NXIVM’s wealthy Mexicaan supporters.
And I noticed in Nicki Clyne;s Twitter page that she developed an interest in New York City’s criminal defense lawyers starting “following legal defense groups.
Some recent Nicki Clyne Tweets about justice in America:
Nicki Clyne Retweeted
No, covid did not cause a public health disaster in prisons. Prisons themselves are public health disasters.
This needs to happen yesterday, and will hopefully inspire a trend of reevaluating unjust sentencing guidelines like mandatory minimums and career offender status.
· Jan 28
With the introduction of @SenatorDurbin @SenBooker EQUAL Act, crack cocaine sentencing disparities that have contributed to mass incarceration in the US and disproportionately impacted Black Americans would finally be eliminated. http://bit.ly/3t4grho #EndTheDisparity
Anyone else feel like the US has become one big reality show?
Can anyone recommend articles or research on ‘career offender’ laws and how they’ve been weaponized to justify extreme prison sentences? Or are there attorneys who specialize in this?
Nicki Clyne Retweeted
On the phone listening to so many stories of abuse at Elmira Correctional facility – the calls are short as they are on lockdown due to the rise in deaths – -1/2 rec runs means everyone doesn’t get a phone call & that’s after choosing either to wash or call your kids
When someone tests positive, they just get sent to a unit where everyone is sick. They are put in a cell with another infected person, receive no special medical attention and limited, if any, access to phones and email.
Just spoke to someone at MDC Brooklyn who’s been stuck there for 10 months on a transfer. He’s been locked in practically 24/7 since last March and just tested positive for COVID. Thank goodness he’s strong, but the BOP is playing roulette with people’s lives. It’s not right.
Nicki Clyne Retweeted
It’s crazy how every crime is legal, as long as it’s committed by the government.
Ending private prison contracts:
d) does not prevent companies from profiting off incarcerated individuals and their families
e) is a distraction from the real issues and abuses within the DOJ
Ending private prison contracts:
a) does nothing to disincentivize mass incarceration
b) does not affect private immigration detention centers
c) does not help people who are currently incarcerated (many are getting sent to worse federal facilities)
Nicki Clyne Retweeted
Seerut K. Chawla
All it takes to cast a shadow over someone’s previously demonstrated character is for one person to rile up the mob by loudly, viciously, making allegations. Then the mob takes on it’s own life.
They don’t kill your body, but they do their best to kill your character.
Nicki Clyne Retweeted
Make Justice Blind
Fake News in the #NXIVM Case Debunked. Is there a journalist or advocate brave enough to investigate this case, uncover the truth and, if necessary, challenge the established narrative?
(Click image to see full infographic)
Clyne has a unilateral motivation, and it is named Keith Raniere. So chug chug.
On the one hand backing a harmer, and using the other hand to make other, seemingly more all-encompassing machinations sound altruistic isn’t even cute.
It wasn’t cute when Lewis Carroll used Alice in Wonderland as his sock puppet. That dirty nongardening sod. This is not a game of Now We Are Six. Moby Dike? Spuming? No bull. Shadow, kindly consult that bluish crystal sphere. Mebbe a Tricky or a Tricchy Nicki? Could it be? Haha. Woody Woodyprick?
Well, you don’t say!
Now back to the Shadow.
Well, Shivani, Nicki also wants to spring her personal money bags, Clare.
As they say, money doesn’t grow on trees.
It grows on wealthy heiresses to a liquor fortune.
Speaking of Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland, here is a photo from
Allison’s Instagram of trees growing upside down with a quote from Lewis Carroll:
…. and the trees grew from the sky…. “Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” #lewiscarroll #nourishment #soulfood #imagination