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New U.S. Sentencing Commission publications called "Quick Facts"

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has recently developed publications in specific areas of federal sentencing called “Quick Facts” which provide helpful statistics. Below is the direct web page to the links for each Quick Facts publication:… Read More
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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Holder Memo, Justice Safety Valve Act, and Smarter Sentencing Act

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently issued new policies to the existing mandatory minimum statutes regarding drug offenses. Holder has vowed to work with Congress to make changes to the existing mandatory minimum statutes regarding drug offens… Read More
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Fourth Amendment Violated By Houseguest's Consent to Search

In United States v. Omar Arreguin, 12-50484 (november 22, 2013), the Ninth Circuit held that Appellant’s Fourth Amendment rights had been violated when a houseguest gave agents permission to search. Appellant’s motion to suppress evidence… Read More
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4th Amendment: Search Warrant Application for all Email Accounts Overbroad in Criminal Case.

Warrant applications by federal law enforcement officers to search all of the contents in the e-mail accounts of individuals suspected of purchasing stolen computer equipment were too broad and too general to pass Fourth Amendment scrutiny, The follo… Read More
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Third Circuit Abolishes Judicial Immunity For Witnesses

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in U.S.A. v. Quinn, 2013 WL 4504647, held that trial judges no longer have the authority to grant judicial immunity. The decision to grant immunity is solely within the prosecution's discretion. Read More
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Third Circuit Allows §3582(c)(2) Departure Below Mandatory Minimum

Defendants Convicted of Crack Offenses Who Received Cooperation Departures Below the Mando Are Not Barred From Seeking a Sentence Reduction Under Section 3582(c)(2) In United States v. Savani, Nos. 11-4359/11-4494/12-1034, the Third Circuit held that… Read More
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Third Circuit – Possession With Intent To Deliver Drugs

Possession With Intent to Deliver is Lesser-Included Offense of PWID Within 1000 Feet of School In United States v. Petersen, No. 08-4794 (3d Cir., October 1, 2010), the two defendants initially were charged with possess… Read More
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