Avoiding a likely significant sentence that could have resulted in a de facto life sentence, a mistrial was declared in Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial. Over 97% of federal criminal cases are resolved through a guilty plea. Of the remaining 3% that go to trial, 2.4% result in guilty verdicts. Thus, Sen. Menendez’s mistrial is
Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh discuss proposed amendments to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines pertaining to acceptance of responsibly, first offenders and alternatives to incarceration. AE-CLIP_Bloomberg BNA_WC_2018_Amend_Ellis_Allenabaugh
On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jason Lewis (R-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at safely reining in the size and associated costs of the federal criminal code and prison system. A press release with a link to the legislation can be here: https://bobbyscott.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/scott-lewis-introduce-bipartisan-criminal-justice-reform-legislation
Assuming Sen. Menendez is convicted, the presentation below provides an estimated U.S. Sentencing Guidelines calculation, prison life expectancy analysis, and some statistical reporting regarding sentences for similarly situated offenders.
Salvador Galvan was sentenced on November 3, 2017 to 78 months’ imprisonment for embezzling over $3.7 million of city of funds. A 78 month sentence is in the 97.4th percentile for all offenders sentenced between 2006 and 2016 under 2B1.1, who pleaded guilty, and were in Criminal History Category I. In other words, Galvan’s sentence
In this episode, we discuss what Paul Manafort can expect in terms of a cooperation deal, Saipov–the NY truck-terrorist–sentencing guidelines and statistics, and finally some thoughts on Sgt. Bergdahl’s sentence.
Today marks 30 years of federal sentencing under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The Guidelines were intended to promote uniformity and certainty in sentencing while providing punishment proportional to the offense of conviction. Since then, over 1.7 million people have been sentenced to over 6.5 million YEARS of prison, which is to say nothing of the
On October 30, 2017, the 11th Circuit vacated and remanded a 60-month sentence in United States v. Mathews. In Mathews, the defendant, a VA nurse, altered medical records to cover up his lack of care for a veteran recovering from surgery. The veteran ultimately died as a result. The defendant pleaded guilty. While on pretrial release, the