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Posted by Shelly Twining on Friday, August 26, 2011 - 16:47

On August 24, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a series of opinions in the case of United States v. Holcomb that in effect affirm its earlier ruling that the language in the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 governing (lower) mandatory minimum punishments applies only to criminal conduct that occurred on or after August 3, 2010.  This ruling is contrary to the position recently taken by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. on behalf of the government in his July 15, 2011...

Posted by Shelly Twining on Friday, August 26, 2011 - 10:58

Our annual Federal Criminal Practice Seminar co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter was a great success. We thank all that attended. For those of you who were unable to attend the seminar, and would like to attend the video replay, the link below will provide the dates and registration information.

Notice of Seminar Video Replay

Posted by FPD Blog Admin on Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 12:18

Tapia v. United States, 131 S.Ct. 2382 (2011)

Section 3582(a) of the Sentencing Reform Act prohibits sentencing courts from imposing or lengthening a prison term to foster a defendant’s rehabilitation. Section 3582(a) makes clear imprisonment does not achieve the goal of rehabilitation.  Provided a court’s imposition or length of a prison term is not based upon completion of treatment,   a court may recommend treatment options or a particular facility based upon the...

Posted by FPD Blog Admin on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 11:45

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