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February 22, 2020
Court Grants Compassionate Release Relief

In United States vs. Maumau, 08-cr-00758, the District of Utah granted 3582 "Compassionate Release" Relief for a person who was imprisoned under an excessively long "Old Law" Pre-First Step Act 924(c) sentence.

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February 15, 2020
An In-Depth Look at the Smarter Sentencing Act

The Smarter Sentencing Act, which has stalled several times before, is making its way through Congress. Learn more about the Smarter Sentencing Act here.

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February 7, 2020
Benefit from First Step Act

The criminal justice reform law known as the First Step Act has a number of changes to benefit inmates and a defense attorney will help.

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December 28, 2019
What Does United States v. Davis Actually Mean?

Given that some courts have begun to apply the Davis decision retroactively, this article will answer some basic questions about the application of the recent Court decision.

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December 14, 2019
First Step Act A Year Later: Impact On Inmates

A year later, taking a look at the First Step Act and how the provisions have made proactive change.

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November 30, 2019
Sentence Reduction with Supervised Release: United States vs. Venable

United States vs Venable Provides Answer Since the passage of the FIRST STEP Act in 2018 there have been hundreds of questions about whether inmates serving a term of Supervised Release would be able to seek relief as part of the retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act. In United States vs. Venable, No. 19-6280, […]

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November 22, 2019
Extraordinary and Compelling Circumstances in Compassionate Release

First Step Act changes allow courts to reduce sentences with the ability to determine extraordinary and compelling circumstances.

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November 18, 2019
What is the Right Standard for Sentencing Enhancements? Rigdill vs. United States

In Rigdill, a federal criminal appeal, the 9th Circuit held that a Fourteen-Level Enhancement required clear and convincing evidence from the government.

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November 3, 2019
Presidential Clemency Power in the Current Administration

Presidential clemency power takes a different tone in the current administration, with pardons, clemencies, and commutations.

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October 16, 2019
Critical Power of “Categorical Approach:" Shular and Armed Career Criminal Act

A New Case Before the Supreme Court:  Shular v. United States When legal conversation touches on the 'categorical approach', there is one federal criminal sentencing statute that has garnered more attention from the United States Supreme Court this term than any other. In fact, the ACCA statute is ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ because […]

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