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.
David Beneman, Esq.
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