By K. R, Claviger
I’ve held off commenting very much about Suneel Chakravorty’s latest attempts to prove that Keith Raniere should get a new trial because of what Suneel believes are “issues” regarding the photos of Cami that were introduced as evidence during Keith’s 2019 trial, so that Suneel had ample opportunity to thoroughly explain those “issues”.
Now that he is moving on to other matters, I would like to repeat what I’ve previously stated on several occasions about the relative unimportance of those photos.
Keith was charged with – and found guilty of committing – seven (7) felonies:
- Racketeering Conspiracy,
- Forced Labor Conspiracy,
- Wire Fraud Conspiracy,
- Sex Trafficking Conspiracy,
- Sex Trafficking (Nicole),
- Attempted Sex Trafficking (Jay).
Judge Nicholas Garaufis subsequently sentenced Keith as follows:
- Racketeering: 40 years;
- Racketeering Conspiracy: 40 years;
- Forced Labor Conspiracy: 20 years;
- Wire Fraud Conspiracy: 20 years;
- Sex Trafficking Conspiracy: 40 years;
- Sex Trafficking (Nicole): 40 years;
- Attempted Sex Trafficking (Jay): 40 years.
But instead of having each of those individual sentences run consecutively – which would have added up to 240 years – Judge Garaufis ordered some of them to run concurrently, thereby reducing Keith’s overall sentence to 120 years.
What Suneel has steadfastly ignored – and what is critical in terms of understanding why the Cami photos are so unimportant – is that those photos only pertained to three (3) of the sixteen (16) predicate acts that were part of the Racketeering charge.
Thus, even if Suneel and his three experts could prove that the photos of Cami were tampered with – which I think is highly unlikely – there would still be thirteen (13) “Proven” predicate acts to support the Racketeering conviction.
And, even if the Keith’s conviction on the Racketeering charge was thrown out altogether – which is even more unlikely – his sentence would still be 120 years. That’s because the 40-year sentence on the Racketeering charge and the 40-year sentencing on the Racketeering Conspiracy charge are running concurrently.
All in all, I think Suneel has wasted an enormous amount of time and energy trying to prove something that in the best possible scenario would likely not have any impact whatsoever on Keith spending the rest of his life in federal prison.