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Marilyn Mosby Sentencing Post-Mortem

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s former top prosecutor, made headlines for her bold actions during her tenure. She fearlessly took on the Baltimore police, charging those involved in Freddie Gray’s death, and advocated controversial positions, including refusing to prosecute low-level drug offenders. However, her own legal journey took an unexpected turn. Accused of federal fraud violations, she…

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DePape (Pelosi Attacker) Sentencing Post-Mortem

It shocked the nation when David DePape, driven by insane QAnon conspiracy theories, violently attacked Paul Pelosi, husband of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.   A federal judge recently sentenced DePape to 30 years in prison.  With that de facto life sentence looming, we uncover a legal twist: the judge’s oversight during sentencing denied him the chance…

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Pre-Sentence Reports

The pre-sentence report is arguably the most crucial sentencing document. Not only does it serve as a vital tool for judges during sentencing, but it also acts as the “bible” that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) relies on to make critical decisions about our clients. Unfortunately, many lawyers struggle to properly prepare their clients or…

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The Artificial Lawyer: A Debate About the Usefulness of A/I in the Legal Arena

Artificial intelligence is here and it’s getting more sophisticated and more ubiquitous every day.  Indeed, the legal community seems to be largely embracing A/I with open arms.  But the jury is still out whether this somewhat terrifying new technology is going to be our savior or our destroyer.  Therefore, helping us get set for sentencing this…

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Trump on Trial

Today history is being made, as the first criminal trial of a former president for multiple felony allegations begins in New York. But none of the pundits seem to be talking about what happens if Trump loses at trial. Therefore, helping us get set for sentencing is a superb New York criminal defense attorney, Richard…

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Guidelines Blues: The Commission’s Next Moves

The United States Sentencing Commission is gearing up to make their recommendations for the next round of amendments.  It’s the follow-up album to their first hit record, which included memorable songs such as ” The Zero Point Offender Boogie”, and “Release Me (Compassionately)”.  The real question is can they top their debut with their sophomore…

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BOP MEANS: Back Off the Punishment: Making the Case That Judges Must Fix the BOP by Imposing Fewer and Shorter Prison Terms

The Bureau of Prisons is dysfunctional, dangerous and dehumanizing.  Its failures have been well-documented recently in the press, in OIG reports, and in judicial opinions. But some judges still don’t understand that they have the power and the responsibility to do something about it.  Moreover, lawyers don’t always know that BOP dysfunction is powerful sentencing…

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A Child’s Poison: Lead Poisoning as Sentencing Mitigation with Dr. Ted Lidsky

The government often weaves false sentencing narratives about our clients:  they are born bad, uncontrollably violent, no concern for others, no respect for the law.  There’s always a more truthful, powerful, and humanistic story to tell.  And in some of those cases that story could be LEAD POISONING! The fact is, the probability of those…

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