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Criminal – Sentencing – Guideline Rationale – Plain Error (access required)

On plain error review, the 4th Circuit says a drug defendant has not shown error or prejudice from the trial judge’s comment that the purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) “are accomplished with a guideline sentence,” and his sentence of 262 months is affirmed. A presentence report concluded the advisory federal sentencing guidelines range for defendant ...

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