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Federal sentencing discretion under attack
Federal sentencing discretion under attack

GOP Seeks Big Changes In Federal Prison Sentences Listen to the story Above is a link to an NPR story running this morning concerning Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the renewed interest by some in congress to take discretion out of the hands of federal judges. Below is ...

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Blog posts in January, 2012

  • Eleventh Circuit: Autopsy Reports Are Testimonial Evidence, Subject to Confrontation Clause

    In United States v. Ignasiak , the Eleventh Circuit reversed the defendant’s convictions for health care fraud and unlawful dispensing of controlled ...

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  • Georgia Law: Notable Legislation from 2011

    Evidence Georgia has (finally) modeled its evidence code on the Federal Rules of Evidence, which will go into effect January 1, 2013. However, some ...

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  • Eleventh Circuit: Use of File Sharing Software to Download Child Porn Not Sufficient to Trigger Five-Level Sentencing Enhancement

    In two cases in January, the Eleventh Circuit addressed whether the use of peer to peer file-sharing software to obtain child pornography from other ...

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  • U.S. v. Cory Kent Traxler: Sentencing Guidelines Part II

    UNITED STATES V. CORY KENT TRAXLER In another case concerning Sentencing Guidelines before the 6 th Circuit Court of Appeals, Cory Kent Traxler pled ...

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  • U.S. v. Richard Bistline: Federal Sentencing Guidelines

    US. V. RICHARD BISTLINE In a recently decided 6 th Circuit Court of Appeals case, Richard Bistline pled guilty to knowingly possessing child ...

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  • New Tennessee Legislation sought to combat gang problem

    Local, state, and federal officials held a press conference in Chattanooga yesterday to announce the formation of the Chattanooga Area Gang ...

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  • GPS monitoring requires search warrant says Supreme Court

    United States v. Jones In a unanimous show of strength, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 yesterday in US v. Jones that police cannot surreptitiously track ...

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Decides Case on Potential Unreliable Eyewitness Testimony

    Perry v. New Hampshire The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided the case of Perry v. New Hampshire. We originally wrote about the Perry case back in ...

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  • TN Supreme Court not to have its jurisdiction challenged by legislature

    Senator Mae Beavers Senator Beavers withdraws bill. A bill introduced by Senator Mae Beavers, SB2348 , that would have striped the Tennessee Courts of ...

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