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

Lee Metzger Obtains Dismissal of Federal Carfentanil Conspiracy Charge

By |October 5th, 2017|Criminal Law|

Adams Stepner 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 […]

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 […]

3 May

Adams Stepner Partner Preserves Another Client’s Liberty

By |May 3rd, 2017|Criminal Law|

Adams Stepner criminal defense lawyer Lee Metzger has kept another criminally accused client out of prison.  The defendant had been federally charged with bank fraud. Although the defendant eventually chose to plead guilty to the fraud, Mr. Metzger was able to obtain a favorable sentence that did not involve ANY period of incarceration in the Bureau […]

10 Apr

Judges May Consider Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Gun Offense When Determining Appropriate Sentence for Predicate Offense

By |April 10th, 2017|Criminal Law|

Under federal law, it is a crime to use or carry a gun in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, or to possess a gun in furtherance of such a crime. 18 USC 924(c).  This crime carries a distinct penalty that must be imposed in addition to the punishment provided for […]

3 Apr

Sentencing Commission Releases New Recidivism Study

By |April 3rd, 2017|Criminal Law|

In March 2017, the United States Sentencing Commission published a report titled, The Past Predicts the Future: Criminal History and Recidivism of Federal Offenders.  The report’s findings were based on a study of over 25,000 federal offenders who were released from prison or placed on probation in 2005.  The study was designed to analyze the […]

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 […]