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Our Firm Wins Another “Compassionate Release” Motion to Keep Client Out of Prison

January 10, 2022
This week, a federal judge in Chicago granted a motion for a sentence reduction, often referred to as “compassionate release,” that we filed for our client—a 72-year-old man who had been sentenced to 78 months in prison for possessing child pornography. The judge reduced our client’s sentence to time served and ordered him to serve […]

Federal Marijuana Sentences May Be Reduced Based on Changing Marijuana Laws

August 18, 2021
Since the First Step Act of 2018 became law, thousands of federal inmates have been released early from prison through the “Compassionate Release Program.” The First Step Act allows inmates to request early release or a sentence reduction if they present “extraordinary and compelling reasons.” Most of the inmates released since the First Step Act […]

Our firm helps client get his life sentence reduced to “time served”

December 17, 2020
A federal judge in New Orleans granted our firm’s motion for compassionate release, filed behalf of our 82-year-old client at the federal prison in Jesup, Georgia. Our client had been sentenced to life in 1988 for smuggling 450 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S., though he was never accused of engaging in any violence or […]

Federal Appeals Court Expands Number of Inmates Eligible for Compassionate Release and Sentence Reductions

September 27, 2020
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that district courts have broad discretion to determine what circumstances constitute “extraordinary and compelling circumstances” that warrant an inmate’s release from prison or sentence reduction. The First Step Act of 2018 amended 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), the statute allowing courts to reduce an inmate’s […]

Our firm wins “compassionate release” for BOP inmate who tested positive for COVID-19

July 3, 2020
After two court hearings and hours of arguing with prosecutors, our firm succeeded in persuading a federal judge in San Diego to grant our client’s motion for an early release from prison. Our client will soon be reunited with his family and serve the rest of his sentence on home confinement. Our client has significant […]

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