Posts by Brandon Sample

What Is the Possible Sentencing for Conspiracy?

Sentencing For Conspiracy

We hear the term conspiracy all the time. Rarely is there a crime drama where a conspiracy charge isn’t filed or threatened; or where there is sentencing for conspiracy. In fact, recently the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit alleging that the Trump presidential campaign, Russia, Wikileaks, and Trump’s son and son-in-law engaged in a…

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Supervised Release Term Appeal Potentially Goes Awry

Supervised Release Term

One of the key strategic decisions in deciding whether to appeal a criminal sentence is whether there is a possibility to receive an even harsher sentence. In the case of United States v. Lopez-Pastrana, the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a supervised release term that was imposed on a defendant who was not actually sentenced…

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The Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018

Child Pornography

What is the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018? President Trump recently signed into law the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018 (“AVAA”). The AVAA is named after some of the victims of child pornography who were among the most widely disseminated images identified by…

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Domestic Terrorism: Sentencing Appeal in the Infamous D.C. Sniper Case

domestic terrorism

April brought us the bomber who terrorized Austin, Texas, for two weeks with random mail-bomb attacks. That type of domestic terrorism, however, is nothing new. Domestic Terrorism: The D.C. Sniper Case in 2002 Rewind to October 2002 in the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia area. As you may recall, the so-called D.C. Sniper terrorized that entire region for three…

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Pennsylvania’s Sentencing Guidelines: A Review and History

Pennsylvania's Sentencing Guidelines

“These mandatory minimum sentences are perhaps a good example of the law of unintended consequences . . . “ – U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist The Objective of Mandatory Minimums – A Double-Edged Sword While it is unclear whether former Chief Justice Rehnquist was referring to all mandatory minimum sentences as a policy…

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Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines Published

Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines

On December 13, 2018, the United States Sentencing Commission published a “reader friendly” version of the proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. The public comment period for the proposed amendments will run through February 19, 2019. The reply period will officially close on March 15, 2019. The proposed amendments include the following major categories…

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