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December 31, 2008

End-of-year reasonableness review blow-out in some circuits

I noted here yesterday that the circuit courts have been clearing their sentencing dockets as 2008 winds to a close.  Of particular note for federal sentencing fans is the significant number of significant reasonableness review rulings in just the last few days. 

Specifically, I have seen published opinions upholding sentences against various viable challenges by defendants from the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits.  Though I have not yet identified any truly ground-breaking aspects of any of these new rulings, sentencing practitioners in these circuits ought to be sure to start 2009 by reviewing all the end-of-year reasonableness work by these courts.  And I would be grateful to anyone who helps identify any aspects of these various rulings that seem especially important.

December 31, 2008 at 01:17 PM | Permalink


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