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Big: The 2nd Circ revives a case filed by the Federal Defenders over the BOP's suspension of attorney visits at MDC in 2019.

They urge the judge "in the strong possible terms" to quickly appoint a master to adopt procedures for emergencies, like #Covid19.  http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/c482308b-6d09-4d95-b76f-d7bb33330e49/1/doc/19-1778_opn.pdf 

Some background here:

MDC, a federal prison in Brooklyn, suffered an institutional breakdown after a fire caused a blackout in January 2019, leading to a lockdown resulting in harrowing court hearings.

This is my coverage of it from last year.  https://www.courthousenews.com/inmates-offer-harrowing-testimony-on-brooklyn-jail-blackout/ 

A year and a new emergency later, another federal prison across the river, MCC, recently had a lockdown over intel that a gun was smuggled inside. Authorities did find a loaded gun, as worried families and counsel could not reach inmates during the Covid-19 outbreak. (cont'd)

Meanwhile, the Federal Defenders of New York's appeal of their lawsuit over the 2019 lockdown snaked through the Second Circuit, which seemed ready to recommend mediation last February. c/o, my colleague @amandaottaway  https://www.courthousenews.com/mediation-likely-for-suit-over-counsel-interference-at-brooklyn-jail/ 

The national emergency may have changed their course.

The 28-page opinion reviving the case and urging a special master's appointment is remarkable to read in full, but check out the conclusion starting on page 25. </thread>  http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/c482308b-6d09-4d95-b76f-d7bb33330e49/1/doc/19-1778_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/c482308b-6d09-4d95-b76f-d7bb33330e49/1/hilite/ 


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