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Criminal Law: Supervised Release-Special Condition-Associating With Felons

Where a defendant challenged a special condition of supervised release that prohibited him from associating with convicted felons without permission from a probation officer, arguing that the condition barred him from contact with his brother, a convicted felon, the defendant ...

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Criminal Law: Sex Trafficking-Above-Guidelines Sentence-Substantive Reasonableness of Sentence

Defendant pleaded guilty to sex-trafficking offenses and was sentenced to an above-guidelines sentence as recommended under the terms of defendant’s plea agreement. On appeal, defendant challenged the substantive reasonableness of his sentence. Where the district court adequately considered the statutory ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Treatment

Where a defendant argued that the court should have ordered treatment rather than incarceration when he was sentenced after admitting to violations of conditions of probation, the defendant missed five court-ordered treatment sessions while on probation, so the court had ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Probation Revocation

Where a defendant challenged the sentence imposed after the revocation of his probation, the district court did not err in imposing the sentence because the court justified the decision by giving supporting reasons. Judgment is affirmed. U.S. v. Stone (MLW ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Defendant’s History

Where a defendant challenged the substantive reasonableness of his sentence in a methamphetamine case, the district court expressly considered the defendant’s difficult upbringing but explained that his recent criminal history outweighed his mistreatment, so the decision to deny the request ...

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Criminal Law: Sentencing-Armed Career Criminal Act-Wisconsin Burglary Statute

Where a defendant challenged his enhanced sentence as an armed career criminal based on three prior Wisconsin convictions for burglary, the relevant case is no longer good law, so the convictions do not qualify as violent felonies under the act, ...

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Criminal Law: Life Term of Supervised Release-Motion to Transfer Jurisdiction-Modification of Conditions of Release

Before beginning a life term of supervised release in Nebraska, defendant moved to transfer jurisdiction over his supervised release to Minnesota and moved to modify the conditions of his supervised release. The district court denied defendant’s motion. Where defendant had ...

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Criminal Law: Felon in Possession of Firearm-Revocation of Supervised Release-Substantive Reasonableness of Sentence

Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised release. Upon resentencing, defendant was sentenced to time served and commenced his supervised release. Defendant’s supervised release ...

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Criminal Law: Felon in Possession of Firearm-Possession in Connection with Another Felony-Sentencing Enhancement

Defendant was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 or more grams of crack cocaine. The Fair Sentencing Act, which was later made retroactive by the First Step Act, increased the threshold for ...

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