July 21, 2006
Seventh Circuit affirms above-guideline sentence
Though not appearing to break any new ground, the Seventh Circuit affirmed an above-guideline sentence on Friday in US v. Howard, No. 05-3216 (7th Cir. July 21, 2006) (available here). The sentence in Howard was nearly 5 years above the top of the guideline range (which was just under 20 years).
Notably, the Seventh Circuit in Howard says once again that "the concept [of departures] has been rendered obsolete in the post-Booker world." I continue to find it peculiar that the Seventh Circuit affords a guideline sentence a presumption of reasonableness at the same time that it rejects a key facet of the entire guideline sentencing system.
July 21, 2006 at 11:51 PM | Permalink
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