DRUG TRAFFICKING


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

Defendant Abumadi pled guilty to trafficking in cocaine. Expert testimony provided a foundation for downwarddeparture. Dr. Charles Robinson's testimony focused on theDefendant's history of childhood abuse, her recent psychologicaltrauma, and the relationship of these factors to the criminalconduct. It was the relationship of these psychological factorsto the offenses, and not the disorders themselves, that werethe crucial elements in meeting the standards for downwarddeparture.

Defendant's Attorney:

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


          State v. Allen           Androscoggin County Superior Court           Lewiston, Maine 

Defendant Allen, a BLACK male in a predominantly whiteState, was accused of trafficking in cocaine. His defense teamretained Dr. Charles Robinson to assist them in drafting theirbrief requesting an expanded Voire Dire. The Voire Direprocess in Maine is quite limited and is conducted by the bench. An expanded Voire Dire was approved by the Court. At trial, theDefendant was found guilty of the lesser offense ofmisdemeanor possession.

Defendant's Attorney:

William Maselli, Esq. Auburn, Maine (207) 783-4800


          U.S. v. Hedi Chasse           United States Federal Court          Portland, Maine

Ms. Chasse was one of thirteen coke conspirators indicted for conspiracy to
distribute cocaine. Ms. Chasse twelve codefendants plead guilty. In the course of
Ms. Chase’s jury trial, Dr. Robinson offered testimony regarding Ms. Chasse's status
as a battered woman and her pathological devotion to a coke conspirator. Ms. Chasse
was found not guilty.

Defendant's Attorney:

William Maselli, Esq. Auburn, Maine (207) 783-4800

(See also newspaper article "Bandit who robbed for drugs freed")