Sentencing

United States v. Moore (P)

Prior to his federal sentencing for drug convictions, the defendant-appellant served seven months in state prison for related conduct. At sentencing, the district court reduced his mandatory-minimum sentence by seven months, over the government’s objection, to reflect his discharged state… Read More ›

United States v. Morris (P)

Because precedent at the time of the defendant’s 2013 sentencing did not strongly suggest that his career-offender enhancement was improper, counsel was not ineffective. Thus, the district court did not err in denying the defendant’s requested relief pursuant to 28… Read More ›

United States v. Mills (P)

Any error that the district court might have committed in treating the defendant’s prior North Carolina conviction as a crime-of-violence predicate was harmless because the court would have reasonably imposed the same 70-month sentence regardless of how it resolved a disputed… Read More ›

Massey v. Commonwealth (U)

The defendant’s probation officer impermissibly imposed a probation condition that contradicted an express term of probation the circuit court had imposed earlier. In that order, the circuit court expressly allowed the defendant to have contact with children under the supervision… Read More ›

United States v. Martin (P)

Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent precedent in United States v. Chavez-Meza (2018), the district court erred in not giving the defendants-appellants individualized explanations for its adverse rulings on their respective motions for sentence reductions under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2). One… Read More ›

Williams v. Stirling (P)

The district court properly granted the defendant’s habeas petition as to a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. In the defendant’s trial for offenses related to the shooting and killing his former girlfriend, defense counsel failed to investigate potentially mitigating… Read More ›

Porter v. Commonwealth (U)

In a hearing on revocation of the defendant’s suspended sentence, the trial court did not err in admitting an out-of-court verbal statement to the defendant’s probation officer. The defendant’s probation conditions included having no visitors in his state-provided motel room… Read More ›

United States v. Ross (P)

The district court failed to explain why it imposed the defendant’s term of confinement and to address his non-frivolous arguments in favor of a lower sentence. These omissions render his sentence procedurally unreasonable. The district court didn’t address or consider… Read More ›