With Clare and Kathy out, Nxivm leader Keith Raniere faces sex slavery trial alone - 2019-04-20
Yesterday, we covered the big breaking news that Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman and bookkeeper Kathy Russell both entered guilty pleas just a few weeks before trial is to begin in the Nxivm prosecution. That leaves only Nxivm leader Keith Raniere left to stand trial beginning May 7.
In our story yesterday, we pointed out what a sweet deal attorney Mark Geragos got for Bronfman, who had largely funded Nxivm and its vicious attacks on critics and defectors, including mafia-like tactics and scorched-earth legal tactics. But despite all that, Bronfman was allowed to plead guilty to two of the lesser felonies, and escaped sentencing on racketeering charges that could have sent her to prison for up to 20 years. Instead, Judge Garaufis said in court that he would be looking at a sentence of between 21 and 27 months.
Mark Geragos even said that Clare's agreement came with non-cooperation, so even with the $6 million fine she'll be paying, Clare walked away with a sweet deal.