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Commentary: Mandatory minimum sentences are cruel and ineffective. Sessions wants them back.

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed the nation’s 2,300 federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges in all but exceptional cases. Rescinding a 2013 policy that sought to avoid mandatory minimums for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Sessions wrote it ...

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A drug dealer got a life sentence and was devastated. So was the judge who sentenced him.

Evans Ray Jr., a former prisoner who received clemency from President Obama, in a stairwell of the Howard University School of Law in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez.

When Evans Ray Jr. stood in a federal courtroom in 2007 after arranging a drug sale, a judge explained, at length, that he didn’t want to hand down the mandatory life sentence required by law. “It is my desire not ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines: United States of America v. Shand

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Sentencing Guidelines Downward Departure — Government Motion United States of America v. Shand 13-277-cr Judges Pooler, Parker and Wesley Background: The defendant appealed his sentence of 77 months’ imprisonment following his plea ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines: United States v. Brooks

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Sentencing Guidelines Amendments — Clarifying/Substantive United States v. Brooks 12-4261-cr Judge Leval, Hall and Lohier Background: The defendant pled guilty to possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines: United States v. Ingram

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit  Sentencing Guidelines Career Offender Enhancement United States v. Ingram 12-1058 Judges Calabresi, Pooler and Raggi Background: The defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines: United States v. Stith & Brantley

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Sentencing Guidelines Sentence Range — Variance United States v. Stith & Brantley 11-4933(L) Judges Katzmann, Parker and Kuntz Background: Both defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in a pattern of racketeering. ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines : United States v. Johnson

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit  Sentencing Guidelines  Downward Variance United States v. Johnson 12-921-cr Judges Straub, Hall and Droney Background: The defendant appealed from an order granting a within-guidelines sentence reduction, but declined to grant a downward variance ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines: United States v. Rodriguez

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Sentencing Guidelines Concurrent vs. Consecutive United States v. Rodriguez 12-1214-cr Judges Winter, Calabresi and Lynch Background: The defendant pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the U.S. following a conviction for an aggravated felony. ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines: U.S. v. Lacey & Henry

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Sentencing Guidelines Mass-marketing Scheme U.S. v. Lacey & Henry 11-2404-cr(L) Judges Winter, Straub and Lynch Background: The defendants were convicted on charges stemming from their involvement in a fraudulent mortgage scheme. On ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines: United States v. Mason

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Sentencing Guidelines Firearms — Lawful Sporting Purpose United States v. Mason 11-544 Judges Walker, Pooler and Livingston Background: The defendant appealed from a 33-month sentence after pleading guilty to being a felon ...

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Second Circuit — Sentencing Guidelines: United States v. Roccisano

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Sentencing Guidelines Deportation — Supervised Release United States v. Roccisano 10-5237-cr Judges Katzmann, Parker and Restani Background: The defendant appealed from a conviction that sentenced him to a 46 month term of imprisonment. ...

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