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What will happen when defendant(s) arrested on #SC indictment(s) appear in court??? Well, under FedRCrimP, defendants make their Initial 1/
Appearance before a Magistrate-Judge. The MJ advises the Def of his/her constitutional rights, including the right to remain silent. If 2/
the person does not have an atty, the MJ will advise that they have a right to one. If they can't afford it, one will be appointed. (That 3/
should not be a problem for anyone in this instance.) Then the MJ will read the charges, unless defendant waives the reading, & advise 4/
the person of the statutory maximum penalty for each charge. Court will then ask the prosecutor for recommendation on bail/conditions 5/
of release. Last, the court sets a date for the arraignment. Though judges are usually pleasant, the proceeding is formal, as it should be.

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