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Fourth Circuit Update: United States v. Alan Williams

On July 20, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided Appeal Number 20-4120, United States v. Alan Williams. Judge Rushing wrote for the Court. Judges Agee and Harris joined the opinion. In itself, the Court’s decision is not particularly interesting. Rather, what we find remarkable about it is how it illustrates the contrast between how courts

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Fourth Circuit Update: United States v. Comer

On July 21, 2021, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided Appeal Number 19-4466, United States v. Marysa Renee Comer. Judge Wynn wrote for the Court. Judges Keenan and Thacker joined the opinion. In a sentence, the Court approved a condition of supervised release that prohibited use of social media with permission from the U.S. Probation Office. This

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Sentence Reductions Under the First Step Act

In 2018, Congress passed the reformative First Step Act, commonly called the FSA.  One of the FSA’s reforms allows certain inmates to receive greater reductions for good behavior than was previously possible.  This posts examines the FSA’s changes to earned time credit. Background For many decades, inmates showing progress towards rehabilitation could serve part of their sentences outside of prison

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Getting out of Prison on Compassionate Release

In 2018, Congress expanded the so-called “compassionate release” statute to allow inmates to petition their sentencing judges for reductions based on extraordinary circumstances.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the amended compassionate release statute probably saved the lives of many vulnerable inmates that judges saw fit to release.  This post gives a summary of the provisions of this important law. Background of

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5 Things You Need To Know About Federal Sentencing

This video discusses top 5 things you should know about federal sentencing. If you are facing federal criminal charges and elect to plead guilty rather than face trial, you will need the assistance of a seasoned federal sentencing attorney to navigate the sentencing process. Learn more about The Federal Sentencing Process. ​

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