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Double SCOTUS Rulings Provide Guidance on Sentencing


Danielle Bruno and Laurel Gift published “Double SCOTUS Rulings Provide Guidance on Sentencing.” This client alert addresses two decisions by the Supreme Court that highlight the often subjective and convoluted nature of the sentencing process.


“On June 18, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued two separate decisions, Chavez-Meza v. United States and Rosales-Mireles v. United States, both of which concern modification of sentences under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. While both cases provide for the modification of sentences to correct sentencing errors or account for new sentencing guideline ranges, the decisions each carve out a means by which a sentencing court need not offer new justification for a guideline range or may decline to adjust a guideline range, even in face of error.”


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