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Bid withdrawn for Brooks' move from psych ward

David Brooks, the former Westbury body-armor manufacturer convicted last month in a multimillion-dollar fraud case, will remain in the psychiatric ward of the federal jail in Brooklyn for the foreseeable future.

Brooks' attorneys had sought a hearing Thursday in federal court in Central Islip but withdrew the application this week. They had challenged Brooks' placement in the ward, claiming it was retaliation by federal officials after defense attorneys last week persuaded a federal magistrate to release Brooks from solitary confinement.

Federal officials said Brooks is a security risk because he had a history of possessing contraband, including tranquilizers and pens, during his eight-month trial.

Though attorney Gerald Shargel of Manhattan has said Brooks had cellmates who "acted in bizarre ways" and his client couldn't sleep for fear of "odd behavior" from some other prisoners, he said Wednesday the hearing request was withdrawn in the best interests of his client. He did not elaborate.

Shargel added that the federal magistrate overseeing the case, Kathleen Tomlinson, had ordered the jail to allow contact visits between Brooks and his attorneys.

No sentencing date has been set yet for Brooks. He faces up to 25 years on each of the 17 counts he was convicted of.

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