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So far Edward L. Metzger III has created 15 blog entries.
5 Feb

Adams Stepner Partner Lee Metzger Accepted onto Sixth Circuit CJA Panel

By |February 5th, 2018|Criminal Law|

Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC is pleased to announce that criminal defense lawyer Lee Metzger, a Partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, has been accepted onto the Criminal Justice Act Panel (“CJA Panel”) for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  The CJA Panel is a select group, comprised exclusively […]

14 Dec

Racial Disparities in Sentencing: Black Males Punished Most Severely

By |December 14th, 2017|Criminal Law|

The United States Sentencing Commission has released its study on demographic differences in federal sentencing, and the results are sobering.  The Commission, which studied all federal sentences imposed from October 2011 through September 2016, found that sentence length continues to be associated with certain demographic factors – particularly race and gender.  On the whole, Black […]

16 Nov

Sentencing Commission Releases Study on Alternatives to Incarceration

By |November 16th, 2017|Criminal Law|

The United States Sentencing Commission recently released its study on federal alternative-to-incarceration court programs.  Alternative-to-Incarceration court programs (“ATIs”) refer to drug courts, therapeutic courts, and other problem solving courts (e.g., veteran’s courts or youthful offender courts).  ATI programs typically involve a collegial, rather than adversarial, judicial process, and are designed to provide an alternative to […]

5 Oct

Lee Metzger Obtains Dismissal of Federal Carfentanil Conspiracy Charge

By |October 5th, 2017|Criminal Law|

ASWD Partner Lee Metzger has secured a huge victory in federal criminal case no. 2:17-CR-10, as the Indictment against his client has been dismissed.  The client had been charged in the Eastern District of Kentucky with conspiracy to distribute carfentanil and a related overdose death.  If convicted, the potentially-applicable mandatory minimum penalty was life imprisonment. […]

24 Aug

U.S. Sentencing Commission Releases Study on Mandatory Minimum Penalties

By |August 24th, 2017|Criminal Law|

The United States Sentencing Commission (“Commission”) has released its latest study on mandatory minimum penalties in the federal criminal justice system.   Its full report can be found here: https://www.ussc.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/research-and-publications/research-publications/2017/20170711_Mand-Min.pdf. The Commission has promised to provide future publications focusing on mandatory minimum penalties for specific offense types.

Mandatory minimum penalties are minimum terms of imprisonment that are […]

8 Jun

Sentencing Commission Releases Study on Youthful Offenders

By |June 8th, 2017|Criminal Law|

The United States Sentencing Commission has released a study titled “Youthful Offenders in the Federal System.”  Youthful offenders are defined as offenders age 25 or younger at the time they are sentenced.  The age of 25 was chosen because medical and psychiatric research shows that the average person’s brain is not fully developed until he […]

15 Mar

Sentencing Guidelines are Not Subject to Vagueness Challenges

By |March 15th, 2017|Criminal Law|

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court decided on March 6th that the federal Sentencing Guidelines are not subject to vagueness challenges under the Due Process Clause.  Beckles v. United States,  580 U.S. _____ (2017), Slip Op. No. 15-8544.  Beckles was precipitated by the Court’s opinion in Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551, […]

7 Mar

Kentucky “bans the box” for state job seekers

By |March 7th, 2017|Criminal Law|

In February, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order to “ban the box.”  The practical effect of this order means that job applications for state government positions will not include a section asking the applicant whether he or she has ever been convicted of a crime.   This measure will give individuals with criminal records […]

20 Feb

Kentucky Supreme Court Expands Availability of Pretrial Release

By |February 20th, 2017|Criminal Law|

Effective January 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has authorized the Non-Financial Uniform Schedule of Bail Administrative Release Program (“Administrative Release Program”) to be used throughout the Commonwealth.  Supreme Court Amended Order 2016-10 was issued for the purpose of expediting the pretrial release of low to moderate risk defendants charged with non-violent, non-sexual misdemeanors.  […]

6 Feb

Campbell County Detention Center Adds New Wing to Existing Facilities

By |February 6th, 2017|Criminal Law|

Defendants who are detained pending a federal criminal trial in Northern Kentucky are typically housed at the Campbell County Detention Center, which is the jail closest to the federal courthouse in Covington.  The Campbell County Detention Center recently added a new wing to its building at a cost of just over $7.5 million.  The expanded […]