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18 Apr, 2012

Racist Criminal Laws Examined At The Supreme Court

2019-03-18T18:47:46-05:00April 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

This week the Supreme Court considered, in Dorsey v. United States and Hill v. United States, whether the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 applies retroactively to those prisoners sentenced before the act took effect. A number of media outlets reported on the oral arguments, including  Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSBlog; Adam Liptak at the New York Times; Mike [...]

27 Jul, 2011

What Is the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Freeman v. United States to the Retroactive Crack Cocaine Amendment?

2011-07-27T17:43:02-05:00July 27th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , |

First impressions are rarely accurate. At least mine, anyway. So when I first read Justice Sotomayor’s concurring opinion in Freeman v. United States, No. 09-10245, I didn’t think much of it. The number of guideline amendments that turn retroactive is few as are Rule 11(c) plea agreements. But giving the opinion a [...]

30 Jun, 2011

US Sentencing Commission Votes for Retroactivity of Crack Cocaine Amendment

2015-03-02T18:16:15-06:00June 30th, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

Today, the U.S. Sentencing Commission "voted unanimously" to give "retroactive effect to its proposed permanent amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines that implements the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010," a press release said. The retroactively applicable guideline amendment for crack cocaine offenses will allow over 12,000 federal prisoners to seek resentencing. According to the Sentencing Commission [...]

2 May, 2011

Prisoner News Roundup

2019-03-18T18:48:02-05:00May 2nd, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , |

For the next month I will be focusing on prisoners’ issues, because I know that many prisoners’ families come to the CockleBur to keep up-to-date on legal developments affecting prisoners. So here is a roundup of the latest prisoner stories in the news. Last week, the New York Times published an editorial entitled, [...]

7 Apr, 2011

U.S. Sentencing Commissions Makes Permanent Amendment to the Sentencing Guidelines for Offenses Involving Crack Cocaine

2011-04-07T16:15:24-05:00April 7th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

On April 6, 2011, the U.S. Sentencing Commission issued a press release stating that the Commission amended the Sentencing Guidelines to account for the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. The changes will be permanent and will result in lower sentences for those facing mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine offenses. Commission chair, [...]

24 Feb, 2011

What Does “Cocaine Base” Mean?

2019-03-18T18:48:05-05:00February 24th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear argument in DePierre v. United States, 09-1533, and decide a long-running dispute on what Congress meant by the term “cocaine base” for purposes of imposing mandatory minimum sentences under the federal narcotics statute. In 1985, Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of a cocaine drug overdose [...]

21 Jan, 2011

A Plea for a New Crack Law; A Prisoner Sues the Kardashian Sisters; An Economy of Tinned Mackerel; and Death Row Honey Buns

2019-03-18T18:48:07-05:00January 21st, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

Earlier in the week, Julie Stewart, from the Families Against Mandatory Minimums, urged members of Congress and the President to pass a new law making the changes to crack cocaine sentencing retroactively applicable to federal prisoners. Courtesy of the Huffington Post, Ms. Stewart pleaded for new legislation, stating that: