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April 18, 2007

Fifth Circuit reverses another below-guideline sentence

The Fifth Circuit has reversed another below-guideline sentence in US v. Sanchez, No. 06-20193(5th Cir. Apr. 17, 2007) (available here).  Sanchez involves a high-profile alien smuggling case, and the Fifth Circuit panel ultimately concludes that the district court made multiple errors: "In imposing the non-Guideline sentence in this case, the district court relied on clearly erroneous factual determinations, put significant weight on an improper factor, and ignored factors that should have been given significant weight.  For those reasons, we hold that the sentence is unreasonable."

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