UPDATED: 01.03.18 @ 1 PM EST — two more sealed letter briefs have been filed. This must go to the heart of the verdict, given the way it is being contested — on a near-24 hour clock, in real time. We will keep you updated. [End, updated portion.]
So we will need to wait a tic — to likely read the able Judge Matsumoto’s order.
I now strongly suspect the sealing would indicate the issue is about private facts, related to one or more jurors.
Said another way, the defendant, now convicted, is unlikely to win the benefit of such a sealing order — as he is a limited purpose public figure — as to trial related matters, from now on. And unless the AUSAs intend to charge someone new, with a new crime — they wouldn’t likely be granted a sealing order here.
So we will wait — and watch.
Separately, we hear that the Brooklyn MDC (i.e., Marty’s joint) lacks adequate heat — and doesn’t issue a lot of heavy weather gear to inmates… so the concrete floors and walls are likely VERY cold. To be clear — that is wrong — but it makes Marty no different than most other felony convicts — in the generally barbarian US prison system — as it exists, at winter.
But we do genuinely feel for him — as we do for all the long term incarcerated.
Have a blessed, peaceful and prosperous 2018, one and all.