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Federal Judge Helps Reduce a Sentence he was Forced to Impose

I’ve complained about the inequities of mandatory sentences, and the problems inherent in removing all judicial discretion from sentencing. When you impose blanket rules, you will end up with unjust results. 305 more words

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Man Admits To Helping Friend Kill Wife For Life Insurance

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man has pleaded guilty for helping his friend kill his wife for life insurance. He might have gone free, if not for a DNA match. 383 more words


Age Matters

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Age-Old Questions.

“Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage. But is it a number you care about, or one you tend (or try) to ignore?

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Five Immigration Facts Every Judge and Attorney Should Know and One Suggested Best Practice (13-13)

There are many conviction and sentencing factors that can have a dramatic impact on the deportation status of a non-citizen defendant. This update covers five of the most common problems that every judge and attorney should be aware of. 18 more words



The Minnesota Jail Credit Manual is designed to provide Judges and Attorneys with a basic guide to the most common jail credit questions faced by legal practitioners on a day to day basis. 17 more words


It's time to rewrite or junk entirely 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a)

The pendulum swings.

It is now fashionable to be “soft on crime” rather than “hard on crime.” This is largely because being hard on crime has become ridiculously expensive. 719 more words