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Criminal – Presentencing Detention – ‘Exceptional Reasons’ – Judicial Officer (access required)

A federal district court judge is a “judicial officer” who can determine whether a drug defendant meets the “exceptional reasons” test under 18 U.S.C. § 3143(a)(2) for presentence release on her drug convictions, the 4th Circuit says, reversing a contrary district court decision. The district judge denied defendant’s motion for release from detention, holding that a ...