What is the “Compassionate Release” Program offered to federal inmates by the Bureau of Prisons?

Inmates in federal correctional facilities and their families have the right to request a sentence reduction or early termination under the Bureau of Prison’s “Compassionate Release” program, but many people don’t understand how the program works, or how to apply for it. We’ve put together some information that may answer some common questions about the…

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Arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzou Points to an Increase in Prosecutions for Violating US Sanctions Against Iran

Federal prosecutors in New York arrested Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Technologies, a global manufacturing company based in China. Arrested in Canada, Wanzhou now faces extradition and prosecution in the United States. While prosecutors haven’t yet announced what criminal charges they are bringing against Wanzhou, it is widely believed that the charges…

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United States v. Michael St. Hubert

United States v. Michael St. Hubert, No. 16-10874, (November 15, 2018) The Court held that the defendant’s guilty plea did not waive his right to appeal his conviction on the ground that the language of his statute-of-conviction did not define an offense. The Court also held that attempted Hobbs Act Robbery is a “crime of…

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In re: Tracy Garrett

In re: Tracy Garrett, No. 18-13680-F, (November 2, 2018) The Court held that an application to file a successive motion under § 2255, brought by a defendant convicted under § 924(c) and based on Johnson and Dimaya, was not based on a “new rule of constitutional law,” since the Eleventh Circuit held en banc in…

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James Manuel Phillips, Jr. v. Warden

James Manuel Phillips, Jr. v. Warden, No. 14-11910, (October 31, 2018) The Court affirmed the district court’s order dismissing the petitioner’s § 2254 motion as time-barred, since the statute of limitations began running when the petitioner missed the deadline for appealing his conviction to the highest court in the state of conviction, and not after…

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