The opinion of the court was delivered by: Landya B. McCafferty United States Magistrate Judge
On May 3, 2012, defendant appeared for a bail hearing under Fed. R. Crim. P. 32.1(a)(b). Defendant is charged with violations of conditions of supervision, as alleged in the government's petition dated April 18, 2012 (doc. no. 657)*fn1 . Defendant is on release from his convictions in 2010 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Suboxone, Lorezpam and Ativan, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846 and 841(a).
By way of background, Judge Lynch conducted hearings in the case on April 23, 2012, (defendant's initial appearance); April 25, 2012 (defendant released on conditions including a third-party custodian and electronic monitoring); and May 2, 2012 (defendant failed to appear).
The May 2, 2012, hearing was necessary as a result of defendant's third-party custodian having been evicted shortly after defendant's release into her custody. Specifically, Judge Lynch had released defendant after the April 25 hearing with strict instructions that defendant be placed on electronic monitoring with a third-party custodian. The May 3, 2012, hearing was scheduled as a result of defendant's failure to appear at the May 2 hearing.
At the May 3 hearing, Defendant sought release under Rule 32.1(a)(6). The government sought detention. Under Rule 32.1(a)(6), defendant bears the burden of establishing by clear and convincing evidence that he will not flee and that he poses no danger to any other person or to the community.
Defendant sought release based on vague, unsubstantiated assertions that his new employer will provide him with a temporary residence in the building where the employer's business is located. At some point in the future, the employer will apparently allow defendant to stay in a rooming house. Probation was unable to verify any of defendant's assertions because defendant made his supervising officer aware of the assertions for the first time immediately before the May 3 hearing. Notably, not only did defendant miss the May 2 hearing (due to a claimed failure to secure transportation), but defendant missed an appointment with his supervising officer and drug test scheduled on that same date. Based on the evidence presented at the May 3 hearing, and for the reasons stated on the record after the hearing, defendant failed to meet his burden of persuading the court that his release, even on strict conditions, poses no danger to any other person or to the community.
The court stated orally from the bench the reasons it was not persuaded to release the defendant. The court incorporates its oral findings and rulings herein. A summary of those reasons follows:
The pending violation details a troubling history that is strongly indicative that defendant is not likely to abide by conditions of release. One month after being placed on supervision, defendant tested positive for marijuana use. Defendant's supervising officer recommended "no action" with continued drug counseling.
While the "no action" request was pending before Judge
Laplante, the defendant tested positive for marijuana use on three subsequent dates: March 24, April 4, and April 9, 2012. Defendant denied that he was using marijuana.
Additionally, defendant missed appointments with his substance abuse counselor (LTG) on March 29, April 11 and 18, 2012.
On April 11 and 18, 2012, defendant also missed appointments with his supervising officer.
Although defendant is to be commended for finding a job, his conduct otherwise is not indicative of a person who takes seriously the rules of supervision. Without a stable residence which would allow for electronic monitoring and/or a third-party custodian, defendant's release represents too great a risk of danger to the community.
Should the probation officer conclude that defendant's proposed residence will offer a stable residence, the court will entertain a motion for immediate bail hearing. Until such further bail hearing, however, defendant is detained for the ...