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2018 Sentencing Guidelines Take Effect
On November 1, the 2018 United States Sentencing Guidelines Manual took effect. This manual is used in federal criminal cases to determine the recommended range

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Supreme Court Issues Important Guidance on Client Autonomy in Criminal Cases
In McCoy v. Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court provided important guidance on which decisions in a case belong solely to the criminally accused, and

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Sentencing Commission Issues Report on Federal Gun Laws
The United States Sentencing Commission has issued its latest report on its study of federal firearms statutes.  The report provides updated data on the use

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Sentencing Commission Proposes 2018 Amendments to Sentencing Guidelines
On April 12, 2018, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to promulgate amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines.  The Guidelines are the starting points for a district

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USSC Study: The Effects of Aging on Recidivism Among Federal Offenders
“Recidivism” is a term used to describe a person’s relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous

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Adams Stepner Partner Lee Metzger Accepted onto Sixth Circuit CJA Panel
Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC is pleased to announce that criminal defense lawyer Lee Metzger, a Partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, has

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Racial Disparities in Sentencing: Black Males Punished Most Severely
The United States Sentencing Commission has released its study on demographic differences in federal sentencing, and the results are sobering.  The Commission, which studied all

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Sentencing Commission Releases Study on Alternatives to Incarceration
The United States Sentencing Commission recently released its study on federal alternative-to-incarceration court programs.  Alternative-to-Incarceration court programs (“ATIs”) refer to drug courts, therapeutic courts, and

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