Friday, January 4th, 2008

Summary Summary

Here is the latest installment of the Blog’s round-up of summary orders of interest. In United States v. Fernandez-Quesada, No. 06-4446-cr (2d Cir. January 4, 2008), the court dismissed a sentencing appeal as moot because the defendant had been released, even though he had a “potentially valid claim” that his sentence was based on an unlawful upward departure. In United States v. Collazo, No. 06-5236-cr (2d Cir. January 3, 2008), a government appeal, the court found the sentence to be procedurally unreasonable where the district court declined to include an aggravating role enhancement in the Guidelines calculations, but did not give adequate reasons. United States v. Johnson, No. 06-4001-cr (January 3, 2008) and United States v. Stewart, No. 06-3411-cr (December 21, 2007), are the court’s first two cases to incorporate Gall and Kimbrough; each contains a cryptic order expressing “no view on the reasonableness vel non” of the sentence imposed, but remanding for “plenary reconsideration” under those cases.

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