Miami Attorney Secures Release of Second Client from California Prison

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Criminal defense lawyer David Edelstein recently won the release of his second client from Lompoc FCC, a federal prison in Southern California.

At the beginning of December, a federal judge in Chicago ordered a federal prison in Lompoc, California, to immediately release an inmate who had served approximately twenty-five percent of his ten-year prison sentence. The judge granted the motion, commonly referred to as a "motion for compassionate release," based on the inmate's increased risk of experiencing severe illness if he were to contract COVID-19. The motion was filed in case number 1:16-cr-00717 in the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois, before Judge Sara L. Ellis.

The federal prison, Lompoc FCC, had garnered significant media coverage during the course of the pandemic due to the number of infections the facility experienced this past spring. The number of infections and the poor conditions at the facility led the ACLU and other prisoner-rights organizations to file a class-action lawsuit against the Bureau of Prisons in the spring ( The suit, filed in May in Los Angeles federal court, accused Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal and Lompoc prison warden Louis Milsunic of mishandling the prison's response to the pandemic, and failing to follow United States Attorney General Willam Barr's directive to expand the use of home confinement to reduce the health risk to medically vulnerable inmates.

Miami-based criminal defense attorney David Edelstein represented the released prisoner. He was the second inmate Edelstein has convinced a federal judge to release from the prison. In May of last year, Edelstein filed a motion for compassionate release asking a Miami federal judge to release another client who had only begun serving his 48-month sentence in February. In both cases, Edelstein argued that his clients suffered from pre-existing medical conditions, making them more susceptible to the virus.

David Edelstein founded his law firm in the year 2000, shortly after leaving the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office. Over the past twenty years, he has defended clients facing criminal charges in both state and federal courts throughout Florida. He has also represented clients in other jurisdictions, from New York City to Portland, Oregon. More information about his firm, and his work defending clients can be found on David M. Edelstein, PA's website:

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David M. Edelstein, PA
4770 Biscayne Blvd #1250
Miami, FL 33137

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