This photo of Keith Raniere was filed as evidence in his federal trial (US. Ministry of Justice)

Keith Agiere attorney Marc Agnifilo speaks after the judgment of Wednesday the 19th June 2019, in Brooklyn, N, with reportersY (Rob Gavin / Times Union)

And the convicted sex trafficker has some new lawyers to help him legally recover from his federal convictions and 120-year prison sentence

The new attorneys to work on Raniere’s appeal are closely linked to the fight against unlawful convictions – and linked to Christopher Darden, a prosecutor in the OJ Simpson process

Raniere, 6o, the nefarious personal growth guru known as “Vanguard”, felt fine after contracting the coronavirus, according to Joseph D. McBride, a Manhattan attorney who recently joined the Raniere legal team

“Keith is still recovering from his battle with COVID-19,” McBride told the Times Union. “Our understanding of the situation is that Keith developed symptoms shortly after being transported from MDC but somehow did not test positive until he was arrived in Tucson ”

“To put it simply, his trip from New York to Arizona has been a grueling,” added McBride. “Also, his legal team has been unable to communicate with him for a long time. However, Keith’s spirit remains intact and he seems to be fine recover ”

This legal team, which included lawyers Marc Agnifilo, Paul DerOhannesian, Teny Geragos and Danielle Smith, now includes McBride and lawyers Steven A. Metcalf II, Martin H. Tankleff and Jennifer Bonjean, the latter of whom represented comedian and convicted sex attacker Bill Cosby

Tankleff was wrongly convicted of the murder of his parents Seymour and Arlene Tankleff while he was in school in 1990 and spent more than 17 years in prison before being exonerated in 2007 He was admitted to the bar in February 2020

McBride noted on his law firm’s website that he became a lawyer after his younger brother Anthony was wrongly convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison

“Joseph shares a bond with every client he represents because he knows what it is like to have the fate of his family in the hands of a lawyer,” says the biography. “As a result, his branding is holistic, collaborative and highly personalized. And his advisory style shows a sensitive, innovative and supportive ethos “

over the course of the lawyer-client relationship

Raniere, who lived in Halfmoon for decades and ran NXIVM on New Karner Road in Colonie, was sentenced in U. S. Brooklyn District Court in June 2019 on all matters including sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy and extortion, identity and possession of child pornography charges Chief Justice Nicholas Garaufis sentenced to a 120-year prison sentence in October 27

In early January, Bonjean asked the judge to leave Raniere at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where he had spent his time, because it would be easier to visit, adding “not to say anything about the health risks”To all concerned” The judge rejected the application

Raniere’s infection with the coronavirus was first reported earlier this month by western New York blogger Frank Parlato, Raniere’s attorneys had previously not disclosed whether their client had the disease

Raniere’s co-defendant, Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagrams and director of operations of NXIVM, is serving an 81-month sentence for her guilty of conspiracy to hide and house illegal aliens for financial gain and for fraudulent conspiracies Use of the card

NXIVM President Nancy Salzman, daughter Lauren Salzman, actress Allison Mack, and accountant Kathy Russell – all senior NXIVM figures and members of the Raniere inner circle – plead guilty and await conviction

Robert Gavin handles state and federal courts, criminal justice issues, and Times Union legal affairs. Contact him at rgavin @ timesunioncom or (518) 434-2403

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