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December 29, 2005

A busy sentencing day in the circuits

Proving yet again that they always earn their pay, circuit judges are not taking a break from issuing notable sentencing rulings this holiday week.  Today, in addition to the 11th Circuit's work on harmless error, I now see these additional rulings:

From the Third Circuit: US v. Booth, No. 03-3893 (3d Cir. Dec. 29, 2005) (available here), discusses acceptance of responsibility and ineffective assistance of counsel.

From the Fifth Circuit: US v. Alvarado-Santilano, No. 05-10261 (5th Cir. Dec. 29, 2005) (available here), discusses intricate criminal history issues.  UPDATE: And US v. Hardin, No. 05-50312 (5th Cir. Dec. 29, 2005) (available here) discusses the calculation of drug quantities.

From the Seventh Circuit: US v. Hankton, No. 03-2345 (7th Cir. Dec. 29, 2005) (available here), discusses the calculation of drug quantities, role enhancements and double-counting claims.

From the Tenth Circuit: US v. Moreno-Trevino, No. 04-4144 (10th Cir. Dec. 28, 2005) (available here), discusses application of the "additional point" for acceptance of responsibility (and cites a recent Federal Sentencing Reporter article along the way).

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