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December 19, 2005

Another notable district court fast-track ruling

A kind reader kindly forwarded to me the strong sentencing opinion by SDNY District Judge Robert Sweet in US v. Santos, No. 05 CR 522 (SDNY Dec. 12, 2005) (available for download below).  In Santos, Judge Sweet gave a substantially shorter non-guideline sentence (24 rather than the 57 month guideline sentence) primarily because of (1) fast-track disparity and (2) the "double-counting" involved in increasing the defendant's offense level and the criminal history category with the same drug conviction.

Download sweet_fast_track_opinion.pdf

December 19, 2005 at 04:16 PM | Permalink

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I think Judge Robert Sweet decision os very bad and will hurt the system more than it would better it!

Posted by: Ashley Bowers | Dec 20, 2005 3:55:00 AM

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