The court denied Mr. Adams's request for a hearing reviewing his detention order, holding that the order that he be detained until sentencing should remain intact. Mr. Adams had pled guilty to armed robbery and brandishing a firearm during the crime and faced a sentence of up to 32 years. He was not eligible for release under § 3143 "given the defendant’s guilty plea and the mandatory sentence[,]" but requested release under § 3145(c), which allowed for “exceptional reasons for release.” The court denied his request for a hearing because he did not have a sufficient reason for why "detention would not be appropriate[,]" as he had not shown why he was especially at risk from COVID-19 and had "failed to demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that he will not flee or be a danger." The court also noted the difficulties that the probation office would face in monitoring, stating that "[i]n light of the advice to practice social distancing, the probation office is simply unable to employ devices that require close personal interaction."
United States v. Adams, No. CR DKC 19-257-003, 2020 WL 1457916 (D. Md. Mar. 25, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Bail Reform Act, Bail Pending Sentence or Appeal, 18 U.S.C. § 3143, First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), Other, 18 U.S.C. § 3145(c) (“Exceptional Reasons for Release”)
Armed bank robbery; Brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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