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United States of America v. Dustin Morsette

March 12, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DUSTIN MORSETTE, A/K/A DUSTY JAMES MORSETTE, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Daniel L. Hovland, District Judge United States District Court

ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SEPARATE TRIAL ON COUNTS

Before the Court is Defendant Dustin Morsette's "Motion for Separate Trial on Counts" filed on February 14, 2012. See Docket No. 158. The Government filed a response in opposition to the motion on February 27, 2012. See Docket No. 162. Morsette filed a reply brief on March 5, 2012. See Docket No. 171. For the reasons explained below, the motion is denied.

I. BACKGROUND

Morsette faces the following criminal charges:

Count 1: Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force (18 U.S.C. §§ 2241(a)(1), 2241(c), and 1153)

Count 2: Sexual Abuse of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a) and 1153)

Count 3: Sexual Abuse of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a) and 1153)

Count 4: Sexual Abuse of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a) and 1153)

Count 5: Sexual Abuse (18 U.S.C. §§ 2242(2)(b) and 1153)

Count 6: Sexual Abuse of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a) and 1153)

Count 7: Sexual Abuse (18 U.S.C. §§ 2242(1) and 1153)

Count 8: Sexual Abuse of a Minor (18 U.S.C. §§ 2243(a) and 1153)

Count 12: Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force (18 U.S.C. §§ 2241(a)(1) and 1153)

Count 13: Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force (18 U.S.C. ยงยง ...


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