Jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield won't be taking trips abroad any time soon. A federal judge rejected his request for permission to play at a South Africa jazz festival on Tuesday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles rejected the plan from Mayfield and his partner Ronald Markham to perform at the Soweto International Jazz Festival in June. Mayfield and Markham are awaiting an October trial on charges that they stole $1.4 million from the New Orleans Public Library Foundation while serving as board members.
The pair's defense attorneys said the ten-day trip would allow them to earn money to support their children as well as bolster the city's image abroad. Mayfield was set to earn $7,500.
However, prosecutors opposed the request to modify the conditions of Mayfield's bond, which was set after his December indictment. They deemed Mayfield a flight risk and noted that extraditions from South Africa can take years.
"Mayfield has performed internationally for years, and therefore can draw on a substantial source of future income outside of the United States should he choose to flee," the government said in court papers. "Allowing these defendants the privilege to leave the jurisdiction of the United States, especially in light of the significant charges, high-profile nature of the case, and resources put into this matter, is not warranted."
Prosecutors also noted that Mayfield and Markham are free to travel within the United States.
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