Thursday, November 01, 2012

Pretrial Prohibition Against Contact with Girlfriend Upheld

U.S. v. Pickel. 2012 WL 5278597 (10/26/12) (Kan.) (unpub'd) - The 10th affirms a district court's pretrial release prohibition against the defendant having contact with his long-time girlfriend. The district court noted the defendant faced a life sentence, the girlfriend was a witness to the traffic stop during which the drugs were discovered, she probably wouldn't be able to claim a marital privilege not to testify, the defendant and she may have had a falling out and he never asked for her to be his 3rd-party custodian