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June 6, 2013

Exciting Stuff at the U.S. Sentencing Commission

Lots of U.S. Sentencing Commission news to share this Friday.  For those who are new to federal sentencing, the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) is the government body that writes and updates theU.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which are used at sentencing in each of the 80,000 criminal cases going through federal courts each year.  So, in other words, the… Read more »


June 6, 2013

The Incoherence of 10-20-Life

Defenders of mandatory minimums – there aren’t many – argue that the crimes to which mandatory minimums apply are so inherently bad that no underlying facts could possibly justify a sentence below the statutorily defined floor. To those dwindling few defenders, for sentencing purposes, the crime itself, and not any facts about how or why… Read more »


June 5, 2013

A Tale of Two Warning Shots

A man found himself in a riot near Miami. He came across a woman trapped in her car surrounded by men he thought were going to kill her. He took his legally owned .38 revolver and fired it into the air. The men took off, and he was able to extract the woman from her… Read more »


June 5, 2013

The Rock can Come to Your Home Now!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s awesome film Snitch is now out on DVD and Blu-ray. Click here to purchase on Amazon, and bring The Rock and a nail-biting film about sentencing justice right into your living room.


June 5, 2013

George Will Likes the Justice Safety Valve Act!

Conservative columnist George Will has an excellent column today supporting an expanded safety valve for federal mandatory minimums!  He endorses S. 619, the Justice Safety Valve Act introduced by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. As Will notes, an expanded safety valve would restore a lot of… Read more »


June 3, 2013

Sixth Circuit Crack Retroactivity Ruling Appealed

Two weeks ago, we gave you the good news that two judges of a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA) is retroactive.  People sentenced to the old crack cocaine mandatory minimums before August 3, 2010, in the states the Sixth Circuit covers, could… Read more »



 

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