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Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Second Circuit holds that district courts may grant compassionate release on expansive grounds and are not limited to the Sentencing Commission’s criteria.

In United States v. Brooker (Zullo), No. 19-3218, 2020 WL 5739712 (2d Cir. Sept. 25, 2020), the Second Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Calabresi (joined by Judges Winter and Chin), held that the First Step Act of 2018 (“FSA”) empowers district courts evaluating motions for compassionate release to consider any “extraordinary and compelling reasons” for granting release or a sentence reduction, not just those criteria set forth by the Sentencing Commission in guidelines that have been unmodified since the FSA’s passage. The Circuit emphasized that the FSA was intended to expand and expedite compassionate release by allowing defendants to make motions directly to the district courts—thus ending the BOP’s role as the “sole arbiter” of such claims—and by permitting those courts greater discretion in granting release. Accordingly, the Circuit held that the constraints imposed by previously-enacted Sentencing Guideline § 1B1.13 do not apply to compassionate release motions brought …

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Categories: Covid-19, First Step Act of 2018, FSA

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Sunday, December 19th, 2010

PC World

United States v. Diaz, No. 10-317 (2d Cir. December 15, 2010) (Cabranes, Pooler, Wesley, CJJ) (per curiam)

In October, the court issued a non-precedential summary order holding that the Fair Sentencing Act (the “FSA”) is not retroactive. See “Summary Summary” posted October 27, 2010. This per curiam is a published opinion to the same effect, at least where the defendant was “convicted and sentenced before the FSA was enacted.”

Nominally, at least, the door is still open for FSA retroactivity arguments for defendants whose conduct occurred before the FSA, but whose conviction and sentences took place afterwards.…

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Categories: FSA, retroactivity, Uncategorized

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