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11 Jun

Sentencing Commission Issues Report on Federal Gun Laws

By |June 11th, 2018|Criminal Law|

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 and impact of federal gun laws that carry mandatory minimum penalties. These laws include possessing/using a firearm in furtherance is a drug trafficking crime or crime of violence (18 USC […]

8 May

Sentencing Commission Proposes 2018 Amendments to Sentencing Guidelines

By |May 8th, 2018|Criminal Law|

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 court’s determination of a federal defendant’s sentence.  These amendments will be submitted to Congress by May 1.  If Congress takes no action, they will take effect on November 1, 2018.

The […]

2 Mar

USSC Study: The Effects of Aging on Recidivism Among Federal Offenders

By |March 2nd, 2018|Criminal Law|

“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 crime.  Recidivism is usually measured by criminal acts that resulted in rearrest, reconviction, and/or reincarceration of the offender over a specified period of time.

According to the National Institute of Justice, […]

5 Feb

Adams Stepner Partner Lee Metzger Accepted onto Sixth Circuit CJA Panel

By |February 5th, 2018|Criminal Law|

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 been accepted onto the Criminal Justice Act Panel (“CJA Panel”) for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  The CJA Panel is a select group, comprised exclusively […]

14 Dec

Racial Disparities in Sentencing: Black Males Punished Most Severely

By |December 14th, 2017|Criminal Law|

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 federal sentences imposed from October 2011 through September 2016, found that sentence length continues to be associated with certain demographic factors – particularly race and gender.  On the whole, Black […]

16 Nov

Sentencing Commission Releases Study on Alternatives to Incarceration

By |November 16th, 2017|Criminal Law|

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 other problem solving courts (e.g., veteran’s courts or youthful offender courts).  ATI programs typically involve a collegial, rather than adversarial, judicial process, and are designed to provide an alternative to […]

5 Oct

Lee Metzger Obtains Dismissal of Federal Carfentanil Conspiracy Charge

By |October 5th, 2017|Criminal Law|

ASWD Partner Lee Metzger has secured a huge victory in federal criminal case no. 2:17-CR-10, as the Indictment against his client has been dismissed.  The client had been charged in the Eastern District of Kentucky with conspiracy to distribute carfentanil and a related overdose death.  If convicted, the potentially-applicable mandatory minimum penalty was life imprisonment. […]

24 Aug

U.S. Sentencing Commission Releases Study on Mandatory Minimum Penalties

By |August 24th, 2017|Criminal Law|

The United States Sentencing Commission (“Commission”) has released its latest study on mandatory minimum penalties in the federal criminal justice system.   Its full report can be found here: The Commission has promised to provide future publications focusing on mandatory minimum penalties for specific offense types.

Mandatory minimum penalties are minimum terms of imprisonment that are […]

8 Jun

Sentencing Commission Releases Study on Youthful Offenders

By |June 8th, 2017|Criminal Law|

The United States Sentencing Commission has released a study titled “Youthful Offenders in the Federal System.”  Youthful offenders are defined as offenders age 25 or younger at the time they are sentenced.  The age of 25 was chosen because medical and psychiatric research shows that the average person’s brain is not fully developed until he […]

15 Mar

Sentencing Guidelines are Not Subject to Vagueness Challenges

By |March 15th, 2017|Criminal Law|

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court decided on March 6th that the federal Sentencing Guidelines are not subject to vagueness challenges under the Due Process Clause.  Beckles v. United States,  580 U.S. _____ (2017), Slip Op. No. 15-8544.  Beckles was precipitated by the Court’s opinion in Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551, […]