The court granted a PI ordering the release of two medically-vulnerable immigrant detainees. The court denied as moot the petition for a third petitioner who had already been released. The court found that the two petitioners "had made all the necessary showings" "[f]or reasons that will be explained in a forthcoming Memorandum of Decision." The court waived the bond requirement and ordered immediate release on several conditions.
Medeiros v. Martin (Medeiros I), No. 20-cv-178 WES, 2020 WL 1969363 (D.R.I. Apr. 24, 2020)
Preliminary Injunction (PI), Release, Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Immigrant Detention, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Pretrial Detention [jail], Significant Criminal History
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Place of Incarceration
Federal Detention Center [typically federal pretrial detention]
Name of Facility
Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility
Substantive Due Process - Punitive Detention (both 14th and 5th Amendments)
Bail Reform Act, Bail Pending Sentence or Appeal, 18 U.S.C. § 3143, Bail Reform Act, Bail Pending Trial, 18 U.S.C. § 3142, First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), Other, § 2241 Habeas, Fed. R. Crim. P. 38(b)(1)
Immediate release; GPS monitoring; one petitioner to purchase a flight to home country once flights resume; 14-day self-quarantine; provide affidavit from primary resident of proposed residence; no physical contact with alleged victims of domestic violence cases; conditions are "temporary and conditional on the continuance" of the COVID-19 risk.
Decision Made But Case Still Pending
Motions Partially Granted
Motion granted for two petitioners and denied as moot for one petitioner who had been released.
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
Petitioner 1: simple assault domestic violence; assault with a dangerous weapon; Petitioner 2: domestic assault and battery
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