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Blue Lawyers Prevail for Client In US Supreme Court

by Blue LLP

Posted on 7 Oct 2015


Blue Lawyers Prevail for Client In US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court remanded our client's case back to the Fourth Circuit for reconsideration in light of the unconstitutionality of the Armed Career Criminal Act's residual clause.

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Poll Indicates Half Oppose Mandatory Minimums

by Blue LLP

Posted on 29 Aug 2013


Poll Indicates Half Oppose Mandatory Minimums

A recent poll indicates that half of Americans oppose mandatory minimum sentences. Mandatory minimum sentences are common for federal drug crimes, and prevent judges, barring consent from the prosecutor, from imposing a sentence that is below the statutory minimum.

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Fair Sentencing Act and Life Without Parole for Juveniles

by Blue LLP

Posted on 8 Aug 2012


Fair Sentencing Act and Life Without Parole for Juveniles

A Look at Two Significant Criminal Law Cases Recently Decided by the Supreme Court

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All Good Things Must Come to an End

by Blue LLP

Posted on 18 Jan 2012


All Good Things Must Come to an End

North Carolina lawmakers strike a blow to sentencing reform as announced in US v. Simmons.

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When Is It Fair To Apply The Fair Sentencing Act?

by Blue LLP

Posted on 10 Dec 2011


When Is It Fair To Apply The Fair Sentencing Act?

Congress enacted the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) on August 3, 2010. This historic and much overdue legislation was a major step towards addressing the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentencing law. The new law increased the quantity thresholds that trigger mandatory minimum punishments for federal drug offenses involving crack. Now, the 5-year minimum is triggered by a quantity of 28 grams of crack (instead of 5 grams), and the 10-year mandatory minimum is triggered by a quantity of 280 grams of crack (instead of 50 grams).

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