Compassionate release granted to 76-year-old individual with severe heart disease. Exhaustion requirement waived due to the possibility of severe illness or death from contracting COVID-19 during 30-day period. Due to defendant's age and weakened state, Court ruled he was no danger to the community.
Casey v. United States, No. 4:18-cr-4 (RAJ), 2020 WL 2297184 (E.D. Va. May 6, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Bond Hearing, Other, Release, Release, Remand to District Court (for release)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Court
State Appellate Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Parole or Probation Violations, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Pretrial Detention [jail], Significant Criminal History
Compassionate Release Case
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Has a significant criminal history, Only served a small portion of their sentence (less than 33%)
Prison quarantine for 14 days; 30 months home confinement
Violation of the Lacey Act (led a conspiracy to falsely mislabel seafood)
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
An individual can move for compassionate release after 30 days have passed from the date the application was submitted to the warden, irrespective of whether the warden has granted or denied the request., Exhaustion is subject to equitable exceptions.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Age, Asthma, Cardiac Disease, Other, Medical conditions not specified
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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