U.S. v. Jones
A rebuttable presumption exists that when a criminal offense carries a maximum prison term of 10 years or more, no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the defendant's appearance for trial. The government charged the defendant, Nigel Jones, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics. Jones faces a maximum penalty, if convicted, of 10 years or more. Jones requested pre-trial release, because he has strong community and family ties, and he previously has been gainfully employed. The government objected. The government's case, which includes wiretap intercepts of conversations and text messages about the purchase and sale of crack cocaine, is strong. Although the defendant has family and community ties, he also has a significant criminal record. The defendant previously has committed drug-related offenses when released on bond or probation. The defendant's pre-trial release would pose a danger to the community, and the District Court denied the defendant's motion.