NXIVM: Government drops Keith Raniere's child sex charges for Albany prosecutor to handle - 2019-03-30
Surprising news in a document filed yesterday by prosecutors in the Nxivm case: They have agreed with Nxivm leader Keith Raniere that the new child sex charges in a superseding indictment don't belong in the Brooklyn trial which is scheduled to start on April 29. Instead, those charges will be considered for prosecution by the US Attorney in the Northern District of New York, which is centered in Albany.
"As Raniere correctly notes, the government has never asserted that these out-of-venue charges can be tried in the Eastern District of New York absent a waiver of venue from the defendants charged in those counts," prosecutors wrote in their brief, which otherwise argues against motions to dismiss that had been submitted by Raniere and the other remaining defendants.
Nxivm was an enterprise largely based in the Albany area, but enough of the allegedly illegal activity occurred in Brooklyn that the racketeering case is being prosecuted there. But as Frank Parlato points out, the Northern District prosecutors had many years of complaints and never brought a criminal case against Raniere. Will they now take seriously the child sex charges the Brooklyn prosecutors are sending their way?