Appellate Advocacy Blog

Editor: Tessa L. Dysart
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

United States v. Gomez, Attorney General Holder, and "Mandatory Minimum" Sentences

Here's an article from The Atlantic on Gomez v. United States, a case recently decided by the First Circuit that the defendant has asked the Supreme Court to review.   The case involves a "mandatory minimum" sentence that was based (in part) on a charge the prosecutors didn't bring.  Here are links to the cert briefs for Gomez and the government.  The Atlantic's article points out that Attorney General Holder has recently been advocating for increased fairness in federal sentencing, then it argues that a "gap...exists between the sentencing reform he heralds on the stump and the harsh sentencing policies his lawyers seek to justify in court."

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