New judge takes on House of Detention case

8 10 2009

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A new chapter in the Brooklyn House of Detention saga began yesterday as lawyers clashed before Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Wayne Saitta, who heard a summary of the case.

Attorneys representing the Stop BHOD coalition requested expedited discovery to determine if the New York Department of Corrections has a legal right to reopen the jail after vacating overnight inmates in 2003. “They reopened in the dead of night to try and beat us to court,” said attorney Randy Mastro. “It stinks to high heaven how they’ve shoved this down the community’s throat.”

City lawyers contend that the HOD was never permanently closed, and therefore the Dept. of Corrections had a right to reopen the jail to overnight inmate stays. The city has yet to conduct the environmental tests needed before plans to expand the jail can be reviewed.

Anyone have hope judge Saitta will shut down the jail again, or at the very least grant expedited discovery to Stop BHOD so they can go through city documents?