United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina, Asheville Division
Carleton Matcalf United States Magistrate Judge
matter came before the Court for a hearing on March 25, 2019
on the Motion to Withdraw as Attorney of Record (Doc. 97),
filed by defense counsel Frank Abrams. Assistant United
States Attorney Daniel Bradley appeared for the Government.
Mr. Abrams appeared with Defendant. The record of the
proceedings and the courtroom were sealed as it appeared
there was a possibility that confidential communications
between Defendant and Mr. Abrams would be disclosed.
review of the Court's records indicates, in part, as
two-count Bill of Indictment (Doc. 1) was filed on April 1,
2014, charging Defendant with violations of 18 U.S.C.
24, 2014, following a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty
of both charges (Doc. 26).
subsequent Motion for New Trial (Doc. 30) and a Motion for
Acquittal (Doc. 32) were denied.
10, 2015, Defendant filed a pro se Motion to Appoint
New Counsel (Doc. 44), which Motion was granted on June 18,
2015 (Doc. 45).
filed a subsequent pro se Motion to Appoint New
Counsel (Doc. 62) on November 12, 2015, which Motion was
denied following a hearing held on November 20, 2015 (Doc.
March 2016, Defendant was sentenced to imprisonment for 60
months on each count, to run concurrently, 3 years'
supervised release on each count, to run concurrently, and a
$200.00 special assessment. (Doc. 71)
filed a Motion to Vacate under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (Doc.
81), which Motion was denied on October 24, 2016 (Doc. 82).
term of supervised release commenced on March 30, 2018.
petition alleging that Defendant had violated the terms and
conditions of his supervision was filed in August 2018. (Doc.
Defendant's initial appearance on September 14, 2018,
Defendant moved for the appointment counsel, which request