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4th Cir.: Court didn’t explain rejection of mental health mitigation (access required)

When asked to impose a shorter sentence based on the defendant’s well-documented history of mental illness, the sentencing court was required to explain why it rejected such mitigation. Defense counsel had argued that the defendant’s multiple death threats sent to public officials were simply a “cry for help.” Background While Appellant James Cox was serving a previous ...