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USA v. Walter Villatoro-Ventura Order denying Government’s motion to revoke release order and denying defendant’s motion to dismiss the indictment. The court held that the risk a defendant will be involuntarily removed from the country by immigration officials if released pending trial does not equate to “a serious risk that such person will flee” within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 3142(f)(2)(A). As such, and because none of the other grounds in Section 3142(f) that permit the Government to seek pretrial detention apply, the defendant must be released from Marshal’s custody pending trial. The court further held that Section 3142(d) does not preclude immigration authorities from detaining defendant and removing him from the country while he awaits trial, although such actions could form the basis of a renewed motion to dismiss the indictment. 09/12/2018Leonard T. Strand
USA v. Harry --Sentencing opinion in which the court explained its policy disagreement with the actual and ice methamphetamine guidelines and concluded that the appropriate remedy is to calculate an alternative guidelines range based on the methamphetamine mixture guidelines. 06/06/2018Leonard T. Strand
Perzynski v. Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, et al -- Order granting defendants' motion for summary judgment on plaintiff's claim under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and her state law claims of malicious prosecution and false imprisonment Court found that plaintiff failed to demonstrate a genuine issue of material fact as to whether probable cause existed at the time of her arrest, whether she was arrested pursuant to an official governmental policy and whether individual defendants knowingly made a false statement to law enforcement, instigated her arrest or acted with malice.06/24/2013Leonard T. Strand
U.S. v. Russell T. Hawley & Hawley Insurance Co.10/13/2011Mark W. Bennett
Neessen v. Arona Corp.; order denying employer's motion for summary judgment in pregnancy discrimination action04/30/2010Linda R. Reade