The federal court docket for former Special Counsel Scott Bloch showed two new entries today, the first updates since Bloch was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea last August for lying to Congress. Bloch’s case, United States v. Scott Bloch, 1:10-mj-00215-DAR, is filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Bloch recently requested permission from the U.S. Probation Office to leave the country, as required by a court order. But because he withdrew his guilty plea, and there being no sentencing pending, the court rescinded its order. Bloch may now travel without informing the authorities.
Magistrate Judge Robinson noted that “no other charge has been filed, and no further proceedings have been scheduled.” The previous entry is dated August 3, 2011.
|83||June 20, 2012||PROBATION MINUTE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson on 6/20/12. (see the following minute order as to SCOTT J. BLOCH). (EW) (Entered: 06/20/2012)|
|84||June 20, 2012||MINUTE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson on 06/20/2012: By a petition filed on June 19, 2012, the United States Probation Office advised that Defendant requests permission to travel internationally in August, 2012. U.S. Probation Office Petition (Document No. 74 ) at 1. In the petition, the Probation Office notes that on April 27, 2010, Defendant was released by this court pending sentencing, subject to the condition, inter alia, that he report his travel plans to the Probation Office. Id.; see also Release Order (Document No. 5). The release order was entered after Defendant appeared before the undersigned and entered a plea of guilty to a one-count information by which he was charged with criminal contempt of Congress. 04/27/2010 Minute Entry. However, by an order filed on August 2, 2011, Defendant was permitted to withdraw his plea. Memorandum Opinion and Order (Document No. 73) at 1, 13. In the interim, no other charge has been filed, and no further proceedings have been scheduled; accordingly, Defendant is not on release pending sentencing, and has not been since August 2, 2011, the date on which he was permitted to withdraw his plea. It is, therefore, ORDERED that the release order (Document No. 5) is hereby VACATED nunc pro tunc to August 2, 2011. (lcdar3) (Entered: 06/20/2012)|