Category Archives: Sentencing

United States v. Jones III, 2014 WL 1688911 (C.A.1)(R.I.)), April 2014

This may be one of the most interestingly written judgments I’ve ever read. Clearly the authoring Judge has both a sense of humor, and a flair for the dramatic. Absolutely worth the read; I’ll try to do it justice here … Continue reading

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United States v. Baldwin, 2014 WL 657949 (C.A.2 (Vt.)), February 2014

Practitioner Notes: I write up this case only as a reminder that we as prosecutors are also responsible for the record.  Had the Judge made an actual finding of fact in this case, we most likely would not be discussing … Continue reading

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United States v. Vallejos, 742 F.3d 902 (9th Cir.), February 2014

Facts: Very similar to the facts as Baldwin (above).  Defendant also confessed in both audio and video recordings to the police.   This appeal is based on 2 level sentence enhancement for “simple distribution,” as well as an attack on the … Continue reading

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United States v. Specialist Curtis Lacefield, 2014 WL 642950 (Army Ct.Crim.App.), February 2014

Facts:  Appellant was performing a duty with another Soldier.  Appellant allowed the other Soldier to use his external hard drive to find a movie to watch.  Appellant left the area for a while.  During his absence, the other Soldier found … Continue reading

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United States v. Finley, 2013 WL 4046390 (C.A.3 (Pa.)) August 2013

Appellant was convicted in District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania of production, receipt, distribution, and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. He was sentenced to 50 years and life term of supervised release. The … Continue reading

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