Fourth Circuit - Supervised Release

United States v. Arbaugh, 951 F.3d 167 (4th Cir. 2020). The court failed to explain adequately its decision to impose four special conditions related to the defendant’s use of computers. The offense, engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign country, did not involve computers, and the conditions might limit the defendant’s future job prospects.

United States v. Ka, 982 F.3d 219 (4th Cir. 2020). A defendant does not have a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a supervised release revocation hearing.

United States v. Ellis, 984 F.3d 1092 (4th Cir. 2021). The court abused its discretion when it imposed special conditions of supervised release prohibiting the defendant from accessing the internet and possessing adult pornography. Both conditions were overly broad and not reasonably related the purposes of sentencing.

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