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United States v. Birbragher

December 7, 2007

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ORLANDO BIRBRAGHER, DEFENDANT.



ORDER

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

II. PROCEDURAL HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

III. RELEVANT EVIDENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

A. Information from Pretrial Services Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

B. Evidence Received at the Detention Hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

IV. RELEVANT LAW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

V. ANALYSIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

A. Parties' Arguments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

B. Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

VI. CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

I. INTRODUCTION

The matter before the court is the government's oral motion for the pre-trial detention of Defendant Orlando Birbragher.

II. PROCEDURAL HISTORY

On November 7, 2007, a federal grand jury returned a thirty-one-count Indictment against Defendant and five of his alleged co-conspirators, Marshall Neil Kanner, Jack Eugene Huzl,*fn1 Douglas Willis Bouchey, Armando Angulo and Peter Colon Lopez. In relevant part, Count 1 charges Defendant with Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. Count 2 charges Defendant with Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h).

On November 16, 2007, Defendant surrendered in this jurisdiction and was arraigned. He pled not guilty to both counts of the Indictment. The government orally moved for the pre-trial detention of Defendant and requested the detention hearing ("Detention Hearing") be delayed for three days. At Defendant's request, the court then scheduled the Detention Hearing for November 20, 2007.

At the Detention Hearing, Assistant United States Attorneys Stephanie Rose and Matthew Cole represented the government. Attorney Richard Diaz represented Defendant, who was personally present.

Following the Detention Hearing, the court gave the attorneys the option of filing additional briefs, which the attorneys declined. The court heard final arguments and announced it would issue a written decision as soon as possible. The court detained Defendant pending the instant Order.

III. RELEVANT EVIDENCE

A. Information from Pretrial Services Report

The United States Probation Office ("USPO") prepared a Pretrial Services Report ("Report") with Defendant's assistance. According to the Report, Defendant is 50 years old. He was born in Colón, Panamá. His parents, Orlando Villarreal, Sr. and Feiga ...


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