Thanks to congressional confirmation of Stan Baker as a federal district judge within the Southern District of Georgia, dozens of cases have been reassigned to another magistrate judge in order to keep the wheels of justice moving. During this process, the court received several bond motions in a couple multi-defendant matters.
Mark Peter Coville, one of the accused in the Kings Bay nuclear weapons protest case, asked the court to allow him a temporary medical release from jail for a medical procedure scheduled for Sept. 20. In the motion, he asked for the waiver of ankle monitoring, curfew, home confinement and cash bond.
“As the court knows, I have not previously sought release,” Coville, who is pro se, wrote. “The only reason I am now seeking a period of temporary release is to address a serious medical issue that has been identified in the course of my incarceration. Subsequent to a doctor visit while in custody of the Glynn County Detention Center, I have been informed that I need to have a surgical procedure done and that time is of the essence.
“It is my intention to return to pretrial detention after the procedure and follow-up. I am without the financial ability or means to pay a cash deposit to secure my pretrial release or pay for ongoing ankle monitoring. It is also not clear how ankle monitoring may interfere with the medical attention which is the reason for my release.”
Coville also noted that ankle monitoring could be a problem within the hospital, and that, along with curfew or home confinement requirements, would be an unnecessary burden. U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, though, after reading the motion and the sealed supporting documentation, ruled the medical records “describe a non-emergent and minor procedure.”
Days later, Coville was able to get someone else to post the $5,000 he needed for pretrial release.
In the Glynn County drug shed case, Anthony Bernard Lewis and Edrin Temple made separate requests for bond. Lewis’ attorney states in the motion that he’s not a flight risk, is a local resident with family in the area, poses no risk of intimidating witnesses and knows someone locally who will be responsible for making sure he’s at any hearing.
Temple’s motion notes at the time of his arraignment in April, he was serving a state sentence that rendered a federal bond moot, but since then, he believes he’s completed his state sentence and requests pretrial release.
Both men are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, crack and marijuana. Temple has an additional charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, while Lewis has an additional charge of illegal use of a phone. The court has yet to rule on their motions.