Indian-origin law student sues Preet Bharara
24-year-old Benula Bensam, who regularly attended the trial of ex-McKinsey head Gupta, filed a 16-page lawsuit against Bharara, prosecutors Reed Brodsky, Richard Tarlowe and the US Marshals Service in US District Court here this month.
In the lawsuit she alleges that she was subjected to 'unreasonable search and seizure for unlawful stop, detention, interrogation, seizure of property, search of property, search of communications and demand for identification.' She is representing herself in the lawsuit.
Bensam had got into trouble during Gupta trial last month after she sent three letters to Judge Jed Rakoff on the case.
A law student at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Bensam said she had taken a class on federal rules of evidence during her last semester and the letters to Rakoff focussed on the various evidentiary rulings he had made in the case and were not intended to influence him.
She said in the lawsuit that she wanted to 'understand the process of litigation' and intended to follow the case on a 'general level'.
“At no point had anyone informed me that I must not direct letters about the ongoing trial, or about the evidentiary rules or about any other matter to Judge Rakoff,” she said in the lawsuit, adding that “no executive agency may intercept or
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