Keith Raniere, the chief of infamous intercourse cult NXIVM, was assaulted in his jail in Arizona by one other inmate, leaving him unconscious and nauseous for every week
Convicted intercourse cult chief Keith Raniere has been overwhelmed up and knocked unconscious in his jail in Tucson, Arizona by one other prisoner – earlier than being housed with an intersex inmate subsequent to a cage smeared with human feces.
Raniere, who’s serving his first 12 months of a 120-year sentence, says he was assaulted by Maurice Withers as he walked to his desk together with his meals one morning, and confronted disciplinary motion for ‘preventing’ regardless of not preventing again.
Withers, 33, was put behind bars for intercourse trafficking crimes in Madison, Wisconsin and punched Raniere within the face, leaving him with a black eye and nausea for every week, regardless of by no means having spoken to him earlier than.
‘I used to be given a disciplinary ticket for ‘preventing’ and have had my privileges revoked and was positioned in segregation ‘pending investigation,’ Raniere mentioned, additionally claiming he ‘didn’t struggle again’ within the sworn affidavit on September 6.
He stays in a segregation unit, a housing unit put aside from the final inhabitants, and his legal professionals contend he ought to have been ‘returned to his regular housing.’
Raniere believes the jail is retaliating towards him as a result of he’s interesting his conviction primarily based on allegations the FBI are framing him
Raniere has been compelled to spend hours in cells smeared with human feces, is housed with an intersex feminine prisoner based on his legal professionals
Whereas Raniere is alleged to have branded his feminine ‘slaves’ on their public space together with his initials, Withers reportedly has a tattoo that reads ‘Ain’t no cash like hoe cash,’ based on prosecutors.
The previous NXIVM ringleader has reportedly been compelled to spend hours in cells smeared with human feces, is housed with an intersex feminine prisoner and is allowed just one five-minute telephone name a month, amongst different grievances.
‘At present he’s allowed one five-minute telephone name per 30 days, he can’t have a razor, he has no entry to authorized assets, and given books ‘at workers discretion,” his legal professionals say.
Raniere says he believes these measures and the disciplinary ticket are ‘retaliation for the current publicity that my case has acquired because of my efforts to problem my conviction.’
He was convicted in 2019 of all costs of intercourse trafficking, compelled labor conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and racketeering costs with underlying acts that included possession of kid pornography, extortion and establish theft.
His lawyer, Stacy Scheff, says the disciplinary ticket was finally dropped but additionally believes the jail warden was conscious Raniere was victimized however is making an attempt to retaliate as Raniere is interesting his conviction.
Raniere was assaulted within the eating corridor of his jail by inmate Maurice Withers, 33, one other convict put behind bars on intercourse trafficking offenses
A court docket sketch of Raniere in June 2019 when he was convicted of seven counts together with baby porn and intercourse trafficking
Victims of the cult instructed prosecutors how Raniere and different leaders branded them with a burning piece of metallic
The cult chief’s authorized group imagine they’ve an opportunity to have his convictions thrown out over the FBI’s alleged bungles and fabrications.
Their report factors to alleged ‘anomalies with the FBI search’, akin to the bizarre method through which brokers collected proof from Raniere’s examine at a house in Halfmoon, New York in March 2018.
They declare that investigators ‘bypassed’ a number of areas of the house and went ‘straight to a examine space the place, below a desk, had been the very first two evidentiary gadgets they collected: the Canon digital digicam together with its digicam card.’
These two gadgets had been, ‘notably,’ the ‘solely two items of digital proof the federal government used to show the kid pornography and baby exploitation RICO acts, which might stem from an allegedly unintended discovery of photographs eleven months later,’ the report states.
In an interview with DailyMail.com, a high former FBI cyber forensics knowledgeable employed by Raniere’s attorneys believes there have been bungled procedures, manipulation of proof and even an obvious effort to ‘body’ the cult chief for his baby intercourse conviction.
Richard Kiper, who used to coach the trainers of FBI cyber forensics specialists earlier than he retired in 2019, instructed DailyMail.com that the Canon digicam was made in 2004, however the timestamps on a few of the photographs had been from 2003.
Kiper additionally claimed that metadata on one of many photographs exhibits it was manipulated in Adobe Photoshop.
The knowledgeable additionally instructed DailyMail.com that one FBI agent, Michael Lever, allegedly broke protocol by taking the digicam and card out of the proof locker twice for a complete 24 days in September 2018, earlier than the Bureau performed its forensic evaluation.
NXIVM was partially bankrolled by Seagram’s heiress Claire Bronfman, who was prosecuted alongside Raniere and pleaded responsible to conspiracy to hide and harbor unlawful aliens for monetary acquire and to fraudulent use of identification in April 2019.
Her lawyer, Duncan Levin, mentioned the proof of tampering by the FBI was trigger to throw out all of the NXIVM convictions.
‘Society can’t dwell in a world the place legislation enforcement is tampering with proof,’ he mentioned.
‘If these allegations are true, it signifies that all the defendants within the case ought to have all the costs thrown out. There needs to be no alternative for a do-over for the federal government.’