IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
September 21, 2011
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
DREUX MICHAEL PERKINS, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge:
Defendant Dreux Perkins moves the Court to implement Veterans Court in this district (Doc. 36). The motion explains that Perkins is a combat veteran who has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Impulse Control Disorder. Perkins submits that implementing a Veterans Court would benefit all combat veterans who might find themselves before the courts of this district.
Although sympathetic to this well-intentioned motion, the Court must deny it. First, implementing a new District-wide sentencing program is an administrative matter that would have to be considered outside the context of a particular criminal case. Second, Perkins does not identify how his sentencing hearing would or should be conducted differently from the procedures currently in place. The undersigned Judge has a wide range of sentencing options available to him and is already obligated to consider the factors in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), including Perkins' history and characteristics, as well as the need for the sentence imposed to include provision for needed medical care. In short, the implementation of a Veterans Court would not alter the factors the Court must consider at sentencing. 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a); Gall v. United States, 552 U.S. 38, 49-50 (2007).
For the foregoing reasons, the Court DENIES Perkins' motion for Veterans Court (Doc. 36).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
MICHAEL J. REAGAN United States District Judge
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