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Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, apparently in solitary confinement

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Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and current U.S. Senate candidate, is continuing to make the news.

The first TV broadcast on his podcast was in March. But that past and present interactions have combined to apparently leave him in solitary confinement at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Bharara was in the position after serving as the youngest federal prosecutor in the country, having started his career at age 29, according to the New York Times. In 2012, he continued that career by leading the U.S. Attorney’s anti-corruption unit. A few years later, however, he was unceremoniously fired and forced to take an unpaid leave of absence. His reason for leaving government service soon became clear: He and the Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating the founder of the Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland. After having served as the top prosecutor in the Southern District of New York for five years, he jumped back into the private sector, working for Fyre Festival as a consultant and suing McFarland in 2014. A second lawsuit has been filed in the last week on behalf of Sarah Lutz, who claims she suffered a “severe burn” from a Fyre Fest drink given by McFarland.

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