DOWNWARD DEPARTURE


          U.S. v. Abumadi           United States District Court          Portland, Maine

     Defendant Abumadi pled guilty to trafficking in cocaine. Expert testimony provided a foundation for downward departure.  Dr. Charles Robinson's testimony focused on the Defendant’s history of childhood abuse, her recent psychological trauma, and the relationship of these factors to the criminal conduct.  It was the relationship of these psychological factors to the offenses, and not the disorders themselves, that were the crucial elements in meeting the standards for downward departure. 

                         Defendant's Attorney:

                         David Beneman, Esq.                         Portland, Maine                         (207) 775-5200


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