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June 22, 2006

Two more above guideline sentences affirmed in the Eighth Circuit

A delayed flight and an internet connection allows me to tell  a tired story before I get tired from my travel home: the Eighth Circuit has affirmed two more above guideline sentences as reasonable.  See US v. Mack, No. 05-4354 (8th Cir. June 22, 2006) (available here); US v. Youngbear, No. 06-1257 (8th Cir. June 21, 2006) (available here).

Of course, I am no longer surprised when the government wins a reasonableness dispue in the Eighth Circuit.  But I continue to find curious that we get more reasonableness dispositions from the Eighth Circuit than from nearly all the other circuits combined.

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I don't know if you bother to read unpub decisions, but if you do, you will find that the Eleventh puts out bajillions of unpub opinions affirming sentences as reasonable, in response to defendants' appeals, including some above-guidelines ones. (E.g., one above-guidelines sentence affirmed just a couple of days ago, http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/unpub/ops/200511363.pdf ). Maybe it's just that the 8th publishes more of them?

Anyway, thanks for your continued great blogging.

Posted by: Sam | Jun 22, 2006 3:32:36 PM

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