Circuit Says “I’ll Drink To That,” Grants Defendant’s Appeal Challenging Alcohol-Ban Condition of Supervised Release
In United States v. Betts (No. 17-231), the Court (Leval, Calabresi, Cabranes) vacated by summary order the imposition of a special condition of supervised release prohibiting the consumption of alcohol by a defendant whose crime bore no relation to alcohol use. This short summary order underscores the Court’s willingness to scrutinize conditions of supervised release to confirm that they are reasonably related to the nature and circumstances of the defendant’s offense or personal history and involve “no greater deprivation of liberty than is reasonably necessary.” U.S.S.G. § 5D1.3(b).