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Recent Amendments To Federal Sentencing Guidelines For Drug Cases

These amendments will affect thousands of defendants who are presently incarcerated for federal drug offenses. Read More
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Federal Defense Attorney Hope Lefeber Discusses Recent Third Circuit Opinions

Third Circuit Spring Recap U.S. v. Velazquez, 749 F.3d 161 (3d Cir. 2014) In U.S. v. Velazquez, the Third Circuit ruled that the government’s minimal efforts to apprehend Velazquez violated his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. In 2005, the… Read More
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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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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 Reverses Sentence Holding Sentence Enhancements Are Limited To Relevant Conduct

Kulick pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm. In exchange, the government dismissed other charges, including an extortion charge, dating from more than a year earlier. Nonetheless, the district court cross-referenced to the extortion guidel… Read More
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Third Circuit Grants Appeal for Sentencing Error

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded a final judgment where the trial court entered a general sentence on all counts of the Indictment. In United States v. Ward, 2010 WL 4746185 (C.A. 3 (Pa.)), the Third Circuit held that the sente… Read More
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