On May 5, 2022, Attorney Stacy Estes Scheff filed a Complaint for Prisoner Civil Rights for Plaintiff Keith Raniere.
The complaint alleges USP Tucson Warden Barbara von Blanckensee and prison lieutenant Anthony Gallion cut off Raniere’s communications with Suneel Chakravorty, and others.
Suneel is Raniere’s power of attorney and serves as his legal coordinator.
Raniere also names US Attorney General Merrick Garland and BOP Director Michael Carvajal in his lawsuit.
Nicki Clyne took to Twitter to release an edited recording of Raniere telling Suneel how it happened on his last call to him.
Raniere has not been approved to talk to Clyne for more than a year. Raniere was allowed to speak with Suneel by telephone until a few days ago. Raniere has been banned from calling Suneel shortly after Raniere’s Rule 33 motion was filed.
The lawsuit claims these two incidents are directly related.
Suneel has not been allowed to visit Raniere in prison for more than a year. In May 2021, during a visit with Raniere, prison officials ordered Suneel out of the visiting area. They ejected him from the prison, telling him not to come back.
Listen to Raniere from prison
Here is a transcript of what Raniere said on the recording:
According to another lawsuit filed against Tucson prison, Barbara von Blanckensee was the warden at USP Tucson. She is currently the North Central Regional Director in Kansas City, Kansas.
Anthony Gallion is apparently a former Special Investigative Services Lieutenant at USP Tucson.
He is currently a Lieutenant at USP Tucson.
The investigation of violations of rules and policy by inmates and staff is conducted by agents of the Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service (SIS).
The SIS will also investigate serious crimes in coordination with the FBI.