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Criminal Law: Sentencing – Crack Cocaine Guidelines – Modification Proceeding

U.S. v. Maxwell (MLW No. 60039/Case No. 09-1510 – 12 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Wollman, J.) Where the district court reduced sentences of two defendants in a crack-cocaine conspiracy case in sentence-modification proceeding under 18 U.S.C. Section ...

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Obama’s DOJ seeks change to crack, powder cocaine laws

The Obama administration called for easing a disparity that results in longer prison terms for crack cocaine offenses than for powder cocaine, a difference the U.S. says disproportionately affects blacks. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer, in Senate testimony Wednesday, ...

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Uncertainty remains over crack sentence reductions

After nearly 16 years in prison, Frank Harvey Jr. is making up for lost time and rebuilding relationships with his family and his friends. Convicted of a conspiracy to distribute one kilogram of crack cocaine, Harvey began serving what was to have been a 17½-year sentence in 1993. He was released in April 2008 after U.S. District Judge Donald Stohr, of the Eastern District of Missouri, reduced Harvey's sentence to 14 years. Harvey had already served 15 years and eight months, so he was credited for time served and released immediately.

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