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December 6, 2005

Just another day of federal sentencings

It is never hard to get excited about sentencing issues because the facts of so many cases are fascinating (and, of course, often very sad).  Consider these stories about federal sentencings that took place on Monday:

UPDATE: Here are more interesting stories about more federal sentencings that took place on Monday:

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It seems like the commerce clause hook that the government took in the article about the arsonist being sentenced to 20 odd years would run afoul of Jones v US, 529 US 848 (2000), where a unanimous court found that a private residential property not used for any commercial purpose cannot be covered under the federal arson statute 18 USC 844(i). The excuse that a developer was from out of state would seem to be irrelevant if the homes that were burned were simply private residences. I think this defendant should appeal and should win.

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