Raniere Case Against DOJ, BOP Tossed By Arizona Judge

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By Dick LaFontaine

Bad news for Keith Raniere.

This week an Arizona Federal Court Judge tossed Raniere’s lawsuit on technical grounds.

Judge Raner Collins ruled that the proper parties were not served by Raniere’s lawyers and dismissed Raniere’s action without prejudice.

Judge Raner Collins is a Senior U.S. District Court Judge in Arizona. He was appointed by Bill Clinton.

Judge Raner Collins is a Senior U.S. District Court Judge in Arizona. President Bill Clinton appointed him.

In Federal Court, plaintiffs must serve defendants in a civil case within 90 days under strict requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Judge Collins noted that Raniere’s time to do so expired on August 3, 2022.

Raniere’s Arizona attorney Stacy Scheff. Did she fail to follow federal procedure?

Raniere, who has been in the Special Housing Unit, at his prison, since July 26, was required to show that before August 3 that he or his lawyers sent valid legal process to each defendant sued in an official capacity by registered or certified mail.

Raniere is suing US Attorney General Merick Garland, BOP Director Collete S. Peters, the USP Tucson warden and the

Raniere’s lawyers failed to serve them properly.

None of the USPS Tracking printouts that Keith’s lawyers filed indicated if the items delivered were sent via certified or registered mail, who they were addressed to, or even the complete addresses of the recipients.

“More than 200 days have passed since Plaintiff filed his Complaint —well over the 90 days to serve a defendant required by Rule 4(m). Accordingly, dismissal of all Defendants is proper based on insufficient service of process,” Judge Collins ruled in his Order.

Arizona Federal DIstrict Court Judge Raner Collins ordered Keith Raniere's case against the DOJ and the BOP dismissed without prejudice. Raniere's lawyers will have a chance to re-file.

Arizona Federal District Court Judge Raner Collins ordered Keith Raniere’s case against the DOJ and the BOP dismissed without prejudice. Raniere’s lawyers will have a chance to re-file.

Frank Report has been covering Raniere’s suit since he commenced earlier this year, when he alleged the BOP was retaliating against him by denying him access to his attorneys and his power of attorney Suneel Chakravorty. Just when Raniere was about to file a Rule 33 motion seeking a new trial, and needed regular contact with his attorneys and Chakravorty, the BOP made it hard to speak with attorneys and cut Chakravorty off altogether.

Suneel Chakravorty coordinated reports of digital forensic experts for Raniere’s Rule 33 motion, alleging the FBI tampered with digital evidence in the Raniere trial.

Raniere’s lawsuit claimed that prison officials at USP Tucson (a BOP facility where he is housed) violated his First Amendment rights of access to the courts and his Sixth Amendment right to counsel.

He further charged that DOJ and BOP officials interfered with his ability to communicate with his attorneys and their agents.

The yard at USP-Tuscon is a place that Keith Raniere hasn't seen much of. He's now in the SHU for his fifth month.

The yard at USP-Tuscon is a place Keith Raniere hasn’t seen much of. He’s now in the SHU for his fifth month.

Raniere alleged USP Tuscon personnel retaliated against him for filing a Rule 33 motion for a new trial. He said prison officials threatened to cut off his telephonic and in-person communication with his attorneys the day after Raniere’s criminal defense attorney’s court filing.

Raniere also asserted a claim based on BOP and DOJ personnel’s alleged “deliberate interference” with the confidential relationship between him and his attorney.

Raniere contended that “substantial prejudices” prevented him from helping his attorney prepare for the hearing on the motion for the new trial, and prevented his attorney from providing effective counsel.

Vanguard also sought an injunction that would order prison officials not to “interfere with his attorney communications” while he exhausts the BOP’s administrative remedies before the Court can hear the suit, a requirement for prisoner access to the courts.

Keith Raniere at USP Tucson

That the case was dismissed without prejudice means Raniere still has a chance to re-submit his case.

The Court may even hear it if his lawyers can figure out how to send certified mail to the correct defendants and keep the receipts.

But the best part is for the lawyers is that they start from scratch, billing again by the hour for the things they did wrong. But before you get too outraged and sympathize with Raniere’s financial draining, remember his legal bills are funded by Clare Bronfman, the Seagram’s heiress who is also in prison in FCI Danbury.

Meanwhile, on a practical note, Raniere may have shot himself in the foot with this ill-advised lawsuit. When he started it, he was still in General Population. He pulled the trigger on the lawsuit when he missed one or two calls. Things have gotten much worse.

He remains in the SHU lodged with Toni Fly, a trans woman who went to jail for being a rapist when he was still a man.

He raped his underage daughter.

According to Raniere, Fly, as a woman in the men’s prison, has made over 75 allegations of rape and sexual harassment since she/he’s been in prison.

Raniere's SHU "cellie" is Toni Fly, a transgender woman who was sentenced to prison for rape when she was a man.

Raniere’s SHU “cellie” is Toni Fly, a transgender or intersex woman/man sentenced to prison for rape when she was still a man. Though Fly says he is a woman now, it was his penis that brought him to prison. He raped his teen daughter. 

But things may get worse. Raniere claimed in court filings that officials at USP Tuscon threatened to arrange for his transfer to another prison.

Raniere remains in the SHU and may spend several more months there, while the BOP decides where he goes next.

What a spectacular fall from grace.

Once, he was an adored and worshiped Vanguard. Women vied for the privilege of washing his toes, doing his laundry, running his errands, making his clothes magically appear, as he made theirs magically disappear, and branding themselves with his initials on their pussies.

Now Raniere lives in a tiny, segregated cell. Raniere claims the walls where he was caged had 19 streaks of feces that he was forced to look at when he had lunch.

It’s a far cry from Vanguard Week, the annual ten-day birthday party for his holiness Keith, which he celebrated until 2017.

As of now, Raniere has 99 years to go until his release date.

No matter how much longer he lives, his antics, and the antics of his followers will almost guarantee he will live in a rotting, stinking, festering hellhole – the worst of the worst in federal prison.

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  • Calculated from today (12/08/2022), there are only 97 years and 6 months and 22 days left until Raniere’s release date from prison on 06/27/2120. And on December 28, 2022, it will be only 97 years and 6 months.

  • The proper parties weren’t served by Raniere’s lawyers?

    First his attorneys give no defense and he gets 120 years, and now, after all the money and time spent for an appeal, they don’t serve the proper parties?

    Who are his attorneys working for?

    • Who are his attorneys working for? They’re working for Keith Raniere, one of the greatest fuck-ups of all time.

      Raniere can’t be bothered following the rules. He expected this challenge to “the system” would trigger a groundswell of popular support to his cause. He imagined himself liberated by acclaim.

      He’s an idiot.

      • Is the Post Office involved in the conspiracy against Raniere? Simply a joke.
        More likely, it’s Raniere’s lawyers who are conspiring against him. Or are his lawyers really that incompetent?

      • Nicki and Suneel are already on with locating some experts to investigate this Post Office conspiracy. Expect a four part expose of this latest travesty

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  • Based on the information presented here, there is absolutely no excuse for this kind of failure. I mean, it’d be one thing if Raniere’s attorneys tried and were unsuccessful at service, but if they can’t prove they even tried this may amount malpractice.

    I feel like I’m missing information though. His attorneys and staff can’t be that bad at their jobs, right? Maybe I say this because I have just spent most of my morning trying to figure out where some defendants are so we can have them properly served for one of our cases. This is all being done BEFORE we even file our complaint. It’s called due diligence.

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    Fired his ass good and hard.

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  • Power of Attorney means next to nothing. Pretty much anyone can assume that mantle. No special training required. Scammers do it all the time. It’s usually a financial decision. Frank, is Suneel/Kevin in charge of keith’s money? His property? Thnx

  • The 90-day deadline is easily extended if you just ask the Court for it. SMDH. Was Suneel wiping the lawyer’s behind for her as well?

  • Raniere really is the gift that keeps on giving. Central casting couldn’t have scripted a worse bunkee that this ‘Fly’ person. It’s actually hilarious. I have a feeling some Mexican gang member is going to take Keith out at some point. Mexican men don’t take kindly to their women being raped underage. Well, obviously except Ernesto and Emiliano Salinas. They don’t care. And Suneel, well, he’s got an erection for diminutive orc Keith. What awful examples of men. I hope none of them ever have daughters, they are clearly pro predator.

  • Raniere is a cry baby
    Millions to spend on a defense, yet he waste money crying to the courts on his lies
    That lowering his self-esteem
    No longer in control, like he was as the Cult leader
    Breaks all the rules and whines when he is held accountable

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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.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

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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