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Saturday, January 29th, 2011

You Can’t Go Home … Again

United States v. English, No. 10-3258-cr (2d Cir. January 18, 2011) (Kearse, Winter, Hall, CJJ).

The defendants in this case, charged with narcotics and firearms offenses, sought bail from a magistrate and two district judges. Each time they were ordered detained. This opinion is the result of their effort to get the circuit to release them. The circuit affirmed.

The defendants were arrested in April of 2010. They faced a twenty-plus kilogram cocaine conspiracy charge and two firearms offenses. They first sought bail from a magistrate judge. At the hearing, the AUSA cited several factors indicating that the defendants were a danger, including characterizing a gun recovered from the defendants’ stash house as appearing to be a machine gun. The magistrate ordered the defendants detained finding that they had not overcome the presumption that they posed a danger to the community.

The defendants then appealed to the Part I judge, …

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