Prosecutors opt against appealing Zamora’s release

The release of Meisy Zamora may just be a matter of time as government prosecutors declined to appeal the decision to release her after all.

In an email Friday, Zamora’s defense attorney, Christopher Sully, said the government decided against appealing her release further and is now pending the fulfillment of the preconditions set by the court.

Zamora has been detained since her arrest in July 2018 for allegedly participating in a healthcare fraud scheme along with her husband — Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada — and two of their employees.

Since then, she has been detained without bond awaiting trial. However, after her attorney, Christopher Sully, again requested that the order keeping her detained be revoked, U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis ruled in her favor on July 31, granting her release under certain conditions.

Those conditions include a $250,000 bond with a $25,000 deposit, a co-signer, a requirement that she wear a GPS monitoring device, and that she be restricted to her residence except to attend school-related events for her 14-year-old daughter.

Attorneys for the government immediately appealed and requested that her release be stayed until there was a decision on that appeal. That decision came on Aug. 29 in which U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa affirmed Alanis’ ruling to set conditions for her release, though Hinojosa increased the deposit from $25,000 to $40,000.

The government prosecutor notified the judge they would also appeal that decision and again requested a 14-day stay on Zamora’s release. Hinojosa, however, only granted a seven-day stay.

That stay has now expired and it’s unclear why the government declined to appeal.

A hearing on the case for all four defendants was set for Sept. 18, however, the government — with most of the defense attorney in agreement — requested to move up the hearing to the afternoon of Sept. 17.

A decision on the schedule change had not been made as of press time.