United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
May 4, 2005.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
PIERRE COCHRAN, Defendant.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: DAVID HERNDON, District Judge
Pending before the Court are Defendant Cochran's motion to
modify conditions of release (Doc. 19). Specifically, Cochran
moves the Court to lift his 6:00 p.m. curfew. The Government does
not oppose modifying the curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Defendant has had some compliance problems during pretrial
release. While the Defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence,
he also suffers the requirement of abiding by the reasonable
restrictions placed on him by the Magistrate Judge which modify
only slightly his liberty pending trial in this case. Because of
the Defendant's compliance problems and the questionable issues
which are suggested by his own motion, of which the Court was
already alerted by the probation officer, the Court has
considerable concerns about making less restrictive the
environment in which the Defendant is allowed to operate. The
Court must be mindful of the protection of the community. Should the charges
here prove to be true, Defendant was a public servant who
violated a serious public trust. Considering the positions of
both sides, the Court finds the Government's position reasonable.
Therefore, the Court being fully advised in the matter GRANTS
in part Cochran's motion. The Court MODIFIES the conditions of
Cochran's release to reflect that his curfew is changed to 10:00
p.m. All other conditions of his release remain the same.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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