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January 26, 2009

Though Booker did not help Booker, the reduced crack guidelines did

The significance of the US Sentencing Commission's decision to make its reduced crack guidelines retroactive has been usefully highlighted by a ruling today in favor of a defendant with a well-known name: Freddie Booker.  As sentencing fans recall, though Booker won his Supreme Court case, he was sentencing again to the same 360-month term imprisonment at resentencing because the Booker remedy authorized sentence-enhancing judicial fact-finding as long as the guidelines were treated as advisory.  But today, as reported here via an e-mail from a federal defender, Freddie finally go a sentencing break:

Although meager, and way too late, I am pleased to report that Freddie Joe Booker finally got at least a small amount of relief.  Chief Judge Crabb in the Western District of Wisconsin today granted Freddie Booker's 3582 motion and reduced his 360-month sentence to 324 months (bottom of range two levels lower).

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From 30 years to 27 years. What a deal.

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