On December 22, 2018, President Trump signed the First Step Act, a prison and sentencing reform bill. Below is a brief summary of some of the provisions. It should be noted that most of the provisions are not retroactive.
Modifies Certain Mandatory…
The Supreme Court recently held that a guilty plea does not bar a federal criminal defendant from challenging the constitutionality of the statute of conviction on direct appeal. In Class v. United States, No. 16-424, _U.S._, 2018 WL 987347 (February…
An attorney who foolishly kept client funds was facing significant prison time. The case was
clear cut, with no viable defense. Nonetheless, Ms. Lefeber presented a highly persuasive
argument to the Court at sentencing, demonstrating all of the reasons (domestic abuse, parental
illness, financial hardship) which caused her client to commit the…