Federal Sentencing Tips

Mar

Views from the Bench on Sentencing Representation – Part 8

What can you do if faced with the government argument that a lesser sentence for your client would depreciate the seriousness of the offense and promote disrespect for the law? As one judge once told me, “Tell me something that your client did when no one was keeping score.” In my recent interviews for the Law360 “Views from the Bench” series, Judge James C. Mahan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Judge Mark L. Wolf of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston and Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in Camden, all agreed: Demonstrate that your client is essentially a good person and rehabilitatable.

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About Alan Ellis
Alan Ellis is a criminal defense lawyer with offices in San Francisco and New York, and over 47 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, law professor and federal law clerk. He is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of federal plea bargaining, sentencing, prison matters, appeals, habeas corpus 2255 motions and international criminal law.

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