While working for a friend who runs a jewelry business in identical building as Prestia’s office, near Wall Street, prestia helped him find a ‘parttime’ job.
He ld me that he liked Wall Street being surrounded by people with briefcases and suits, everyone walking with a feeling of purpose.
Actually I see myself, he said, when I see professional people. While handing out flyers advertising the jewelry business, on May 29th four days after his ‘twenty first’ birthday, and a year to the day after DiMango ld him that he would’ve been set free Browder stood on a sidewalk in front of a Chase bank.
Exactly how he would manage this he was not sure.
It’s been a year now, and I got a ‘part time’ job, and I got my, he said.
When you think about it, that’s nothing. I’m mentally scarred at the moment. Most days, the progress he had made since coming home did not feel like progress to him. That’s how I feel. Besides, I’m not all right. Being that there are certain things that changed about me and they intending to I know that I might see some money from this case.
I’m messed up. People tell me as I have this case against the city I’m all right. While recalling how hungry he was every now and again, especially at night, when he’d have to wait twelve hours for his next meal, when his mother cooks rice and chili, he says, he can’t so this month, Browder started classes at Bronx Community College. Besides, even now, he thinks about Rikers any day. Adolescents can’t handle it. Between 2007 and ‘mid 2013’, the tal number of solitaryconfinement beds on Rikers increased by more than sixty per cent, and a report last fall found that nearly ‘twentyseven’ per cent of the adolescent inmates were in solitary. Basically, in recent years, the use of solitary confinement has spread in New York’s jails.
Noone except could handle that.
He had quit his job two weeks earlier, I believe the department became severely addicted to solitary confinement, Daniel Selling, who served as the executive director of mental health for New York City’s jails, ld me in April.
It’s a way to control an environment that feels out of control lock people in their cell, he said. He ld me, I’m quite sure I feel like I broke myself into books through street novels, He’d always preferred video games. Known he moved on to more demanding reading and said that his favorite book was Craig Unger’s House of Bush, House of Saud. One was Sister Souljah’s Midnight, To pass the time, Browder read magazines XXL, Sports Illustrated, Hip Hop Weekly and street novels handed on by other inmates. I’m sure you heard about this. Whenever he does leave, he is handcuffed and ‘stripsearched’, As he soon discovered, a prisoner there doesn’t leave his cell except to go to rec, the shower, the visit room, the medical clinic, or court.
For Browder, therefore this was the first of a few trips to the Bing.
Browder would sleep with the window open, in the hope of feeling a breeze one of whose runways is less than three hundred feet from Rikers.
One day, when he called home to talk to his mother he was allowed one six minute call a day while in solitary he could make out the familiar jingle of an icecream truck in the background. He thought about the places he will have been visiting if he were not spending the summer in jail. Then again, he would spend all day smelling his own sweat and counting the hours until his next shower. Mapes Pool, Coney Island, Six Flags. Since the cells lack airconditioning, summer is the worst time of year to be stuck in the Bing. Meanwhile, Browder remained on Rikers, where six weeks still felt like for any longerer.
However, delays caused by court congestion don’t count ward the overall amount of days that are officially for ages as a prosecutor has filed a Notice of Readiness.
The Bronx courts are so clogged that when a lawyer asks for a ‘one week’ adjournment the next court date usually doesn’t happen for six weeks or more.
Every time a prosecutor stood before a judge in Browder’s case, requested an one week adjournment, and got six weeks instead, so this counted as only one week against the six month for awhile Arthur Avenue, the main street of Little Italy, past bakeries and cafés with their metal shutters pulled down for the night. More squad cars arrived, and soon Browder and his friend found themselves squinting in the glare of a police spotlight. Fact, an officer said that a man had just reported that they had robbed him. Browder saw a police car driving ward them, as they passed East 186th Street.
I didn’t rob anybody, Browder replied.
Kalief Browder spent more than a thousand days confined on Rikers Island. Photograph by Zach GrossIn the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a party in the Belmont section of the Bronx.
You can check my pockets. Another question isSo the question is this. What am I being charged for?
By the way, the officers searched him and his friend but found nothing.
Among the officers walked back to his car, where the alleged victim was, and returned with a really new story, as Browder recalls.
Browder asked. Most certainly you can go homeward. On p of that, browder whispered to his friend, Are you sure you didn’t do anything? He remembers an officer telling them, We’re just planning to take you to the precinct. Then, I didn’t do anything! I know that the police handcuffed the teens and pressed them into the back of a squad car..o’Meara handles all kinds of cases types, from misdemeanors to homicides. Earlier this year, he was eating a hamburger and drinking coffee at a diner in Brooklyn after an appearance at a courthouse there, when I met him.
He was about to take the subway back to the Bronx, and his briefcase was bulging with papers.
New York City pays lawyers like O’Meara seventy five dollars half an hour for a felony case, sixty dollars for a misdemeanor.
He ld me that Browder, compared with some amount of his other clients, was quiet, respectful he wasn’t rude. As the months passed, he also noted that his client looked ugher and bigger. With so many oneweek requests that had turned into sixweek delays, Browder had yet to reach the ‘six month’ mark. Any time Browder got the chance, he asked O’Meara identical question. Now let me tell you something. He was dependent on his mother to talk to O’Meara on his behalf, the few times he tried to phone him, he couldn’t get through, normally, however, Browder had no direct contact with O’Meara.
Can you get me out?
Was unsuccessful because of the violation of probation, O’Meara says that he made multiple bail applications on his client’s behalf. For awhile because it hadn’t been brought to trial within six months, meanwhile, other inmates advised Browder to tell his lawyer to file a speedytrial motion a motion to dismiss the case. December 2, Prosecutor on trial, request January 3rd. He used to like sitting on his front steps with his friends, and when a bunch of attractive girls walked by he’d call out, Hi, before he went to jail. Those emotions I don’t feel comfortable with. It hurts to have people look at you like that. It gets emotional for me. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Can I go with you? Where’s the party at? So truth felt Actually I gotta hear a hundred questions, he said, I’d say if I tell them the story. Furthermore, what are you doing? With all that said… Like I ain’t shit. Nonetheless, if he managed to get a girl’s number, the first real conversation will always go identical way.
Without a job or a diploma, they look at me like I ain’t worth nothing, whenever he revealed that he was still living in the apartments.
Send him down, Prestia said.
By the way, a former prosecutor in Brooklyn, Prestia now has his for any longer after Browder returned home, one of his relatives called an attorney named Paul Prestia and ld him that Browder had spent three years on Rikers only to have his case dismissed. Prestia got the case dismissed, On his office wall hangs a 2011 Post story about a Haitian chef from the Bronx who was mistakenly arrested for rape and spent eight days on Rikers. That said, he had no clue how rare trials actually are.
Even when he knew that if he lost he could get up to fifteen years in state prison, I seek for to go to trial, he ld O’Meara.
In three thousand nine hundred and ninetyone cases, the defendant pleaded guilty, In 2011, in the Bronx, only a hundred and ‘sixty five’ felony cases went to trial.
Browder was determined to get his day in court, stories circulate on Rikers about inmates who plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit just to put an end to their ordeal. For a defendant who is in jail, the more a case drags on the greater the pressure to give up and plead guilty. Of course, he refused. By early 2012, prosecutors had offered Browder a deal three and a half years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. Browder was also accused of punching Bautista in the face.
While pushing him against a fence, and taking his backpack, the criminal complaint alleged that he and his friend had robbed a Mexican immigrant named Roberto Bautista pursuing him.
a grand jury had voted to indict Browder.
Bautista ld the police that his backpack contained a visa card, a debit card, a digital camera, an iPod Touch, and seven hundred dollars. Ever since Browder left Rikers, he has tried to stay busy. I gained a certain amount my pride back, he ld me. He sat through prep classes, signed up for a computer course, searched for a job, and attended weekly counselling sessions. Somebody seemed to have figured out that he had been in the psychiatric ward, On his second day there, he overheard therefore this past March, he learned that he had passed the on the first try. Barnabas.
It should serve while he looked for something better, he landed a job as a security guard not his dream position.
By coincidence, amongst the places he was sent was St.
Soon afterward, with a vague explanation, he was fired. Therefore a clerk read out the charges Robbery in the second degree and similar crimes and asked Browder, How do you plead, sir, guilty or not guilty? Known the Department of Probation had filed a violation of probation against him standard procedure when someone on probation is indicted on a tally new violent felony and the judge had remanded him without bail.
So an officer escorted him out of the courtroom and back downstairs to for a whileer mattered whether his mother could find the money to bail him out. Browder was charged with grand larceny. He figured that he had no defense, and so he pleaded guilty, he ld me that his friends drove the truck and that he had only watched. Considering the above said. Now look, the judge gave him probation and youthful offender status, that insured that he wouldn’t have a criminal record. When an officer reported seeing him take a delivery truck for a joyride and crash into a parked car, browder had already had a few runins with the police, including an incident eight months earlier. Browder ld me that his sheets, magazines, and clothes were removed everything except his whitish plastic bucket.
By the end of the year he was back after another fight, he says, browder got out of the Bing in the fall of 2011.
That night, he re his bedsheet into strips, tied them gether to make a noose, attached it to the light fixture, and tried to hang himself.
He was taken to the clinic, therefore returned to solitary. On the night of February 8, 2012 his ‘six hundred and thirty fourth’ day on Rikers he said to himself, Know what, I can’t take it anymore. It’s a well I give up. I just ld them I’ll act like nothing happened, Browder said. However, still the officers beat him, browder said that he had nothing to do with the fight. Seriously. They didn’t write anything up; they just sent us back, they didn’t send us to the clinic.
Their noses were leaking, their faces were bloody, their eyes were swollen, he said.
While attempting to determine who had been responsible for an earlier fight, browder ld me that, one night soon after he arrived, a bunch of guards lined him and a few other inmates facing a wall.
They’re talking to us about why did we jump these guys, he said. Therefore the Department of Correction refused to respond to these allegations, or to answer any questions about Browder’s stay on Rikers. Afterward, the officers gave the teens a choice. Now look, the recent Attorney’s report about recounts many instances in which officers pressured inmates not to report beatings to hold it down, in Rikers parlance. I’d say in case the inmates went to the clinic and ld the medical staff what had happened, they made it clear that, they should write up charges against them, and get them sent to solitary confinement. Now pay attention please. As they’re talking they’re punching us one by one. While terrifying building, the island has ten jails eight for men, one for women, and one so decrepit that it hasn’t housed anyone since 2000, new Yorkers who have never visited often think of Rikers as a single.
Of the eight million people living in NYC, some eleven thousand are confined in the city’s jails on any given day, the majority of them on Rikers, a four hundred acre island in the East River, between Queens and the Bronx.
He fought back panic, he ld me later.
Late on Saturday, seventeen hours after the police picked Browder up, an officer and a prosecutor interrogated him, and he again maintained his innocence. Needless to say, while permitting him to remain free while the case moved through the courts, the judge released his friend. For example, the next day, he was led into a courtroom, where he learned that he had been charged with robbery, grand larceny, and assault. Soon, there was water on either side as the bus for awhile, narrow bridge to Rikers Island. Therefore the amount was out of reach for his family, and soon Browder found himself aboard a Department of Correction bus. Fact, staring through the grating on the bus window, he watched the Bronx for a while being that Browder was still on probation, the judge ordered him to be held and set bail at three thousand dollars.
Browder had to spend one more night on Rikers.
Four days earlier, he had turned for any longerer a teen ager.
By now, he had missed his junior year of high school, his senior year, graduation, the prom. By the way, the accusation had been made a week or two after the alleged robbery, and the victim had later changed his mind about when it occurred, after all. So, o’Meara assumed that his courtroom defense will be Listen, they got the wrong kid. Browder repeatedly ld O’Meara, his court appointed lawyer, that he should never plead guilty and that he wanted to go to trial. New York State’s version is slightly different, and is known as the ready rule. In 2011, ‘seventy four’ per cent of felony cases in the Bronx were older than six months. In practice, however, that said, this time limit is subject to technicalities. When defense attorneys submit motions before trial so that the timespan that is officially held to have elapsed can be wildly different from the time that really has, the clock stops for many reasons for instance.
That said, this rule stipulates that all felony cases must be ready for trial within six arraignment months, or else the charges can be dismissed.
Browder imagined that he was getting closer to trial, with any day he spent in jail.
Loads of states have ‘socalled’ speedy trial laws, that require trials to start within a certain time frame. Eventually, Browder thought his attorney was not doing enough to will soon be making a motion on Browder’s case in Westchester County Court.
Court papers suggest a lawyer in a hurry.
At the Forty eighth Precinct, the pair were fingerprinted and locked in a holding cell.
I can leave now? Few hours later, when an officer opened the door, Browder jumped up. Instead, the teens were taken to Central Booking at the Bronx County Criminal Court. Former staff member remembered him as a fun guy, the kid type others wanted to be around. That said, for high school, Browder went to the small, progressive New Day Academy. Normally, the staff member I spoke to said, I thought he was very smart, he ld me that his report cards were full of C’s. Of course, occasionally, he will grab a hall pass, sneak into a friend’s classroom, and stay until the teacher caught on. Basically, inside, Browder soon realized that he was not planning to make many friends. Nevertheless, whenever using their bucket and jailhouse soap, he thought this was a joke until he noticed other inmates scrubbing their clothes by hand.
Other inmates were interested only in crimes they committed and girls that they did, as far as he could tell.
Their conversations bored me, he ld me.
He wound up with brownish rust stains on his almost white T shirt, his socks, and his writeers, right after he did quite similar and hung his wet clothes on the rail of his bed. That day, he ld himself, I don’t know how I’m planning to live in this place. He was assigned to a dorm where about fifty teen age boys slept in an open room, every with a plastic bucket to store his possessions in. Fact, he was ld that they had to wash them themselves, when Browder asked a guard how inmates were supposed to get their clothes cleaned. Now look. That’s when I decided I wanted to get big, when I went in there.
In the visiting room, he will hand her his dirty clothes and get a stack of freshly laundered clothes in return.
He decided that p strategy was to keep to himself and to work out, to survive inside.
He could buy snacks, she also put money in a jail commissary account for him. Browder’s mother visited almost any weekend. He slept with his head off the side of his bed, he knew that such privileges made him a target for his fellow prisoners, who would take any opportunity to empty someone else’s bucket of snacks and clothes, atop his bucket. He ld me, each here and there I did a couple pullups or pushups, before Rikers. Consequently they’ll come with five or six dudes. Anyways, lots of times, I’d say, ‘I’m not sitting on the floor,’ Browder said.
They’d swing on me.
I’d have to fight back.
There was no escape, no protection, and a suspicion that a lot of the guards had an agreement with the gang members. Dayroom was ruled over by a gang leader and his friends, who controlled inmates’ access to the prison phones and dictated who could sit on a bench to watch TV and who had to sit on the floor. I’m sure you heard about this. His brother had advised him to get himself sent to solitary whenever he felt at risk from other inmates, when Browder first went to Rikers. He was there for about ten months, through the summer of He recalls that he got sent there initially after another fight, Near the end of 2010, Browder returned to the Bing. Certainly, I ld him, ‘When you get into a house and you don’t feel safe, do whatever you have to to get out,’ the brother said. Have you heard about something like this before? At one point, Browder said, I’m pretty sure I had words with a correction officer, and he ld me he wanted to fight.
That was his way of handling it.
The Attorney’s report described similar incidents, Browder ain’t the first inmate to make this particular allegation.
To be honest I said, but before they even got there, he said, the officer knocked him down, Actually I agreed to it. He put his forearm on my face, and my face was on the floor, and he just started punching me in the leg. Even in solitary, however, violence was a threat. Verbal spats with officers could escalate. He’d already seen the officer challenge other inmates to fights in the shower, where So there’re no surveillance cameras. Of course I don’t expect that to be the case. That’s where it starts getting really intriguing, right? Did they really not know until 2013? As he wrote in his complaint, he suspects that they have been for ages, undue adjournments of these cases to procure a guilty plea from plaintiff. In his lawsuit, prestia they never were. Prestia said, The million dollar question is. Johnson, the city has denied all allegations of wrongdoing said, Certainly if loads of us know that there is something uncovered that we did wrong, To be honest I will deal with that here.
When did they really know they didn’t have a witness?
Browder’s story troubles him most deeply, prestia has represented many clients who were wrongfully arrested.
Kalief was deprived of his right to a fair and speedy trial, his education, and, I’m quite sure I would even argue, his entire adolescence, he says. While citing pending litigation, won’t divulge any details about his stay but he remembers that it was about seven hundred, eight hundred, browder doesn’t know how many days he was in solitary and Rikers officials. Your son or daughter, you’d be arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, if you ok a ‘sixteenyearold’ kid and locked him in a room for twenty three hours. Barnabas Hospital, where he was admitted to the psychiatric ward. Then, a friend happened to stop by, saw the knife, and grabbed it.
In his medical record, a social worker describes the suicide attempt as serious.
While intending to slit his wrists, one day last November, six months after his release, Browder retreated to his bedroom with a steak knife.
By the way, an ambulance rushed him to St. Browder tried to hang himself from a bannister, when he left the house to find Browder’s for any longer because I’m still feeling the consequences from what happened in there, in my mind at the moment I feel like I’m still in jail. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Being home is way better than being in jail, he ld me.
With a high forehead, he is five feet seven, tired eyes, and a few wisps of hair above his upper lip. One afternoon this past spring, I sat with Browder in a quiet restaurant in lower Manhattan. Other times, though, the act of remembering seemed almost physically painful. We always met in downtown Manhattan, near Prestia’s office. He didn’t look for to meet in the Bronx, and seemed to feel more comfortable speaking where just knew him. He almost always wore quite similar uniform. Catholic but for fashion, he said. He surprised me with his willingness to speak, when I asked him about Rikers. When I first asked if I could interview him, eventually he agreed, and we met many times, he was reluctant. At times, he seemed almost unable for a while been craving the chance to tell somebody about what he endured. However, he was not taking a plea.
In the fall, prosecutors offered him a tally new deal.
When a couple of them enrolled in college, when his high school classmates collected their diplomas, browder was still on Rikers Island in June of 2012 and in September.
Never talked about it. He just said, ‘Nah, I’m not taking it.’ He didn’t flinch. Ninetynine out of a hundred should take the offer that gets you out of jail, O’Meara ld me. Another line was added to a growing stack of index cards kept in the court file, with nearly any trip Browder made to the courthouse. Whenever shuttling between two of NY City’s most dysfunctional bureaucracies, any system exacerbating the flaws of the other, browder kept travelling from Rikers to the Bronx courthouse and back again. Just think for a moment. September 28, People not ready, request two weeks. Nonetheless, the following night, in his solitary cell on Rikers, Browder shattered his plastic bucket by stomping on it, after that, picked up a piece, sharpened it, and began sawing his wrist.
He was stopped after an officer saw him through the cell window and intervened.
It did not start that day, the case was put on the calendar for possible trial on December 10th.
Besides, the court clerk searches for a trial judge who is free and transfers the case, and jury selection can begin, In order for a trial to start, both the defense attorney and the prosecutor have to declare that they are ready. On p of this, on January 28, 2011, Browder’s twohundredandfiftyeighth day in jail, he was brought back to the courthouse once again. We are requesting one week. Just think for a moment. Whenever stating that the People for awhile after Browder was indicted, an assistant district attorney sent the court a Notice of Readiness. Browder didn’t go to trial anytime that year, as it happened.
Actually an index card in the court file explains.
This time, the prosecutor said, The People are not ready.
I know that the next court date set by the judge March 9th was not one week away but six. With that said, november 4, People not ready, prosecutor on trial, request 2 weeks. I’m sure you heard about this. It’s up to you. If you go to trial and lose, judge DiMango explained to Browder, you could get up to fifteen. By the way I will do that today, DiMango said, if you need that. Now please pay attention. She offered him an even more tempting deal. Plenty of information can be found easily on the web. I could sentence you today. Nonetheless, I’m all right, Browder said.
I did not do it. I’m all right. Back at Rikers, other prisoners were stunned. I would’ve said I did it and went to the apartments, I’d say in case that was me. In spite the fact that he was innocent, he could lose at trial, Browder knew that it was a gamble. You’re stupid. Maybe I am going So it’s their intention to dismiss the case. Notice, browder? You have to come back here on time without any new cases, she said, Know what, I will release you today. She explained that this could not officially happen until the next court date, that ended up being a week later.
District Attorney is really in a position at the moment where they can not proceed, she said.
DiMango peered down from the bench.
Do you think you can do that. On May 29th, the thirty first court date on Browder’s case, there was another development. Browder could not believe what was happening. We are unable to meet our burden of proof at trial, the prosecutor wrote, without the Complainant. After that, the office lost contact with the brother, assistant district attorney filed a memo with the court explaining that Bautista, the man who had accused Browder, had gone back to Mexico. On p of this, no trial, no jury, no verdict. So, he should have heard a prosecutor offer a really new excuse, if Browder had been in the courtroom on this day. A well-known fact that is. Browder’s lawyer requested March 16th, and the judge scheduled the next court date for after that,, The prosecutor asked for a fiveday adjournment. Then again, this time he was not brought up from the court pen in time to hear his case called, on February 17th, he was shuttled to the courthouse once again.
He had heard various excuses about why his trial had to be delayed, for around a year had conflicts in my schedule. Your Honor, the assigned assistant is currently on vacation. I actually ok his sneaker and I threw it, and he got mad. Anyways, every about twelve feet by seven while Bing has four hundred cells. It lasted about two weeks, he recalls, and followed a scuffle with for awhile after arriving on Rikers, Browder made his first trip to solitary confinement. He was throwing shoes at people I ld him to stop, Browder said. He swung on me, and we started fighting. Certainly, browder was placed in shackles and transferred by bus to the Central Punitive Segregation Unit, that everyone on Rikers calls the Bing. While watching movies, shooting for any longerer engaged him, his former pastimes playing video games. He was reminded of their accomplishments and what he had not achieved, when he saw old friends. There’s some more information about it here. Browder moved back home, where his mother and two of his brothers were living, right after leaving Rikers.
He had grown an inch or two while he was away and had become brawnier, quite a few the clothes for ageser fit.
Sometimes he found himself pacing, as he had done in solitary.
Everybody could see that he had changed. With the door closed, he preferred to spend time by himself, alone in his bedroom. Male adolescents are confined in the Robert Davoren Center known as When Browder arrived, the jail held some six hundred boys, aged sixteen to eighteen. Now look, the report featured a list of inmate injuries. Conditions there’re notoriously grim. Needless to say, in August of this year, a report by the Attorney for the Southern District of New York City described as a place with a ‘deepseated’ culture of violence, where attacks by officers and among inmates are rampant.
Judge appointed a lawyer named Brendan O’Meara to represent him, browder’s family could not afford to hire an attorney.
Browder had entered the legal system through the Bronx criminal courts, that are chronically overwhelmed.
In 2010, Browder’s case was one of five thousand six hundred and ninetyfive felonies that the Bronx District Attorney’s office prosecuted, There are not nearly enough judges and court staff to handle the workload. There was just the memory of one alleged victim, There weren’t hours of wiretaps or piles of complicated evidence to sift through. In the Bronx the concept of speedy justice barely exists, the Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to a speedy and public trial. Now let me tell you something. The issue is compounded by defense attorneys who drag out cases to improve their odds of winning, judges who permit endless adjournments, prosecutors who are perpetually unprepared. It is one reason is budgetary. Browder ld O’Meara that he was innocent and assumed that his case will conclude quickly. Also, even the assistant district attorney handling the prosecution later acknowledged in court papers that it was a relativelypretty straightforward case.
Last year, the Times, in an extended exposé, described them as crippled and among the most backlogged in the country.
At the Bronx County Hall of Justice, they spent the day in a basement holding pen, every waiting for his chance to see a judge.
On the morning of July 28, 2010, Browder was awakened at around half past four. He was handcuffed to another inmate and herded onto a bus with a number of other prisoners. Already he had missed his seventeenth birthday, the end of his sophomore year, and half the summer. You see, seventyfour days had passed since his arrest. So an officer led him into a courtroom and he caught a glimpse of his mother in the spectator area, when Browder’s turn came. December 14, People not ready, request for any longer as Browder could remember, he had lived in quite similar place, a two story brick house near the Bronx Zoo.
My mom called him Peanut, kalief was the smallest, he recalled.
Except for the oldest two, all the children were adopted, and the mother fostered other children as well, He was the youngest of seven siblings. By the time it came to Kalief, my mom had already raised in foster care or adoption a tal of thirtyfour kids. Kalief was the last brought into the family, an older brother ld me. Oftentimes their father, who worked as a subway cleaner, moved out, though he continued to will tell himself, These guys are just playing with my case. Therefore, by the end of 2012, Browder had been in jail for nine hundred and sixtyone days and had stood before eight different judges. He just never complained to me.o’Meara was impressed by his control. On March 13, 2013, Browder appeared before a new judge, Patricia DiMango, who had been transferred from Brooklyn as part of a larger effort to tackle the Bronx’s backlog. At the start of 2013, there were nine hundred and ‘fiftytwo’ felony cases in the Bronx, including Browder’s, that were more than two years old. Then, in the next twelve months, DiMango disposed of a thousand cases, some as old as five years. In the Bronx, DiMango’s job was to review cases and clear them. At the Brooklyn courthouse, she was referred to as Judge Judy, She was known for her nononsense style when dealing with defendants. November 2, People not ready, request one week.