NXIVM: Prosecutors push back on Keith Raniere's attempt to suppress explicit images - 2019-04-26
Prosecutors are pushing back hard at Nxivm leader Keith Raniere's claim that explicit images of a 15-year-old girl found in an FBI search on a hard drive in his possession were from 2005 and too old to include in Raniere's upcoming trial, scheduled to begin on May 7.
Although child sex charges have been dropped from this trial (and may be taken up in another district later), prosecutors want to introduce the images, which were on a hard drive seized last year at a townhouse in Halfmoon, New York. But Raniere argued that the FBI's warrant to search the home was limited to evidence of crimes going back only to January 1, 2015. The nude images were from 2005, and Raniere's attorney argued that they hadn't been accessed since then.
Prosecutors in a new memo point out to Judge Nicholas Garaufis that Raniere's deadline to contest the search and seizure was in January. And even if his objection wasn't late, the search was proper and the images should be allowed in as evidence.