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United States v. Afolabi

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT District of New Jersey


May 8, 2009

RE: UNITED STATES
v.
AKOUAVI KPADE AFOLABI, ET AL.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jose L. Linares United States District Judge

CHAMBERS OF JOSE L. LINARES JUDGE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FEDERAL BUILDING & U.S. COURTHOUSE 50 WALNUT ST., ROOM 5054 P.O. Box 999 Newark, NJ 07101-0999 973-645-6042

LETTER ORDER

Dear Counsel:

On May 6, 2009, this Court conducted in camera interviews with two of the alleged victims in this matter -- Vivian Adjei and Rosine Hounakey. The Court met with Ms. Adjei in person and spoke with Ms. Hounakey over the telephone. Each conversation occurred under seal, and each interview took place separately. Both women are adults -- Ms. Adjei is 22 and Ms. Hounakey is 19 -- and both are of limited educational background, having completed their schooling sometime in the 7th or 8th grade.

The Court asked each individual whether she would or would not like to speak with defense counsel. The Court also informed them that they could speak with a lawyer beforehand, that the Court could appoint a lawyer for them, or that they could make the decision without speaking to anyone. Both Ms. Adjei and Ms. Hounakey stated to the Court in no uncertain terms that they do not want to speak to defense counsel about this case.

Ms. Adjei and Ms. Hounakey having stated their desire not to speak to defense counsel or their representatives, counsel shall be guided accordingly.

SO ORDERED.

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