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Woman convicted of stealing diary of Biden’s daughter misses NYC sentencing again

A Florida woman convicted of stealing President Biden’s daughter’s diary from a Delray Beach rental to sell to far-right group Project Veritas was a no-show at her sentencing for the second time on Wednesday.

An attorney for Aimee Harris, 41, convinced Manhattan federal court Judge Laura Swain to give his client “one more, final time” to appear in court before sending a team of U.S. Marshals to get her.

“If she doesn’t show … then I don’t think there would be any basis to avoid a bench warrant at that point,” defense lawyer Anthony Cecutti said, later adding that his client was “struggling to keep her life afloat.”

Swain said if Harris hadn’t turned over outstanding financial documents to the probation department by noon Friday, she’d issue a bench warrant. If she abides by the deadline, the judge said she’d set a new sentencing date in early April.

Prosecutors had argued for an immediate warrant, telling the judge there was no reason to believe Harris would ever appear after skipping her last court date in January.

Harris pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport stolen property in August 2022 along with a coconspirator, Robert Kurlander. She admitted that in September 2020, she stole Ashley Biden’s handwritten journal, which contained highly personal entries, private family photos, and tax information from a Delray Beach home where the then-presidential candidate’s daughter left luggage behind.

When Harris and Kurdlander failed to peddle the goods at a Trump fund-raising event, they sold them for $40,000 to Project Veritas, a New York-based group known for ambushing Democrat politicians and journalists at liberal-leaning publications in what critics say are deceptively edited hidden-camera stings.

FILE - James O'Keefe, president of Project Veritas Action, waits to be introduced during a news conference, Sept. 1, 2015, in Washington. Criminal prosecutors may soon get to see over 900 documents pertaining to the alleged theft of a diary belonging to President Joe Biden's daughter after a judge on Dec. 21, 2023, rejected a First Amendment claim by the conservative group Project Veritas. Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said on behalf of Project Veritas on Monday, Dec. 25, that an appeal is being considered of the ruling. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
James O’Keefe of Project Veritas in 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The group’s founder, James O’Keefe, defended the diary’s purchase and had his home raided by the FBI during the investigation.


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