United States v. Bridgewater, No. 20-2413 (7th Cir. 2021)Annotate this Case
The Seventh Circuit dismissed defendant's appeal of the district court's denial of his motion for compassionate release under the First Step Act of 2018, 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1)(A). Defendant sought release based on medical conditions that he says make him vulnerable to serious illness or death from the spread of COVID-19 in prison. In his plea agreement, defendant voluntarily waived "the right to seek modification of or contest any aspect of the conviction or sentence in any type of proceeding." The court held that this waiver included defendant's right to seek compassionate release under the First Step Act and that his knowing and voluntary waiver of that right in an approved plea agreement is enforceable.