Man Ordered Free on Bond Charged With Gun Running 68 Firearms from Georgia to NYC
The Federal Defenders said, "You can't punish your way to gun control." The US Attorney's Office said it might appeal. Inner City Press on the case.
SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, May 25 - In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on May 25, a detention or release proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Robert L. Lehrburger on a man arrested and charged with trafficking 68 guns from Georgia to New York.
Judge Lehrburger ordered the defendant released on $150,000 bond; Assistant US Attorney Matthew J. King said his Office may or may not seek to appeal.
Ronald Rogers was arrested and his iCloud searched. It contained photos of guns that the prosecutors said were up for sale. His wife Anauncia Rogers, who the AUSA said has made domestic violence allegations in Georgia, was listed as the purchaser of 47 of the guns. The prosecutors consented to her release in Georgia.
Rogers' assigned Federal Defender Ian Marcus Amelkin pointed to that release, and to the Second Amendment right to have firearms. He said, "You can't punish your way to gun control."
Judge Lehrburger, after a break, agreed. He characterized the domestic violence as mutual. He surmised that Rogers sold guns to support his three children, and said that while on release he can continue working for Door Dash while hoping a more stationary job comes through. Rogers has previously worked for FedEx and for Carter's, a children's clothing business. He and his wife - and mother - live in Griffin, Georgia.
Travel will be restricted to the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and SDNY for purposes of court appearances. He may stay with one of his two sisters in New York, who it was said work as a nurse and for a metropolitan credit union, respectively.
In the courtroom gallery, where Inner City Press was the only media, were two of the defendant's relatives, including an uncle who crossed himself when Judge Lehrburger ordered release. Inner City Press has reviewed the complaint but as of this publication it is still listed as under seal.
Inner City Press is inquiring about any SDNY appeal.
This case is US v. Rogers, 22-mj-4575 (Lehrburger)
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