Adam Martin appealed the detention order of a magistrate judge, arguing that the COVID pandemic constituted material information not known by him at the time of his detention hearing. Martin suffered from underlying health risks such as asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Citing his criminal history, the fact that there were no known cases of COVID at Chesapeake Detention Center at the time, and the precautionary health and safety measures being taken by the Detention Center, the judge held that Martin had failed to rebut the presumption of detention under the Bail Reform Act and denied Martin's appeal.
United States v. Martin, No. 19-cr-00140, 2020 WL 1274857 (D. Md. Mar. 17, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Parole or Probation Violations, Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Pretrial Detention [jail], Significant Criminal History
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
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Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
Chesapeake Detention Facility
Procedural Due Process (both 14th and 5th Amendments)
The individual has 17 criminal history points, putting him in category VI under the sentencing guidelines. The decision does not describe them all, but refers to a history of drug and firearm offenses.
Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances (heroin, cocaine) in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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If a judge explicitly cites the fact that a detention center does not currently have any known cases of COVID, and there is subsequently an outbreak, is a person entitled to a new bond hearing?
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