IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
June 15, 2010
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
JOHN BACON; JULIUS JACKSON; AND JOSEPH ADDISON, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge
Defendants Bacon, Jackson and Addison pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit dogfighting, and the Court has sentenced them to imprisonment. They are not detained at present, but because they will be once the Bureau of Prisons determines where they will serve time, they have moved to be released on bond pending their appeal of their sentences. (Docs. 221, 222, 239.) Each defendant claims that their appeal presents a substantial question of law without identifying the substantial question of law or fully developing it.
Considering that the Defendants freely pleaded guilty and the Court sentenced each defendant to a term substantially less than the statutory maximum after considering the scheme set out by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual, the Court cannot say that their appeal could raise a "close" legal question or one that "very well could be decided the other way." United States v. Eaken, 995 F.2d 740, 741(7th Cir. 1993). The Court DENIES the motions for bond (Docs. 221, 222, 239).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
MICHAEL J. REAGAN United States District Judge
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