NEW YORK — Attorneys for Keith Raniere, the former leader of the cult-like NXIVM group, want a new federal judge to consider a motion for new trial filed last week that argues authorities framed Raniere by planting child pornography on a computer hard drive.
Raniere’s lawyers take aim at U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in new court papers, alleging he showed a “lack of judicial temperament” and “deep-seated, unequivocal hostility” for Raniere throughout the proceedings that landed the disgraced self-improvement guru in federal prison for 120 years for a sex-trafficking conspiracy.
Despite the fact that it would be nearly impossible to find a soul in prison who didn’t think their judge was hostile to them, it is ironic to see Keith Raniere playing the victim card. I was under the impression that their were no ultimate victims in life? After all, Raniere clearly stated as much in his Twelve-Point Mission Statement: “There are no ultimate victims; therefore, I will not choose to be a victim.”