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Update, March 23: Courts Respond to Coronavirus

In light of the national emergency due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), courts at every level of Government have restricted operations and public appearances. FEDERAL Southern District of New York. Criminal Case Operations will proceed at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan (DPM) Courthouse in Foley Square and the Charles L. Brieant (WP) Courthouse in White … Read More

Update, March 20: Courts Respond to Coronavirus

In light of the national emergency due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), courts at every level of Government have restricted operations and public appearances. FEDERAL Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals is open for business. Oral arguments will go forward as scheduled. Parties may request to appear by audio-conference by filing … Read More

Update, March 19: Courts Respond to Coronavirus

In light of the national emergency due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), courts at every level of Government have restricted operations and public appearances. FEDERAL The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals continues to hold oral arguments. Parties must file a motion to request argument by telephone conference. The majority of the Clerk’s Office … Read More

Update, March 17: Courts Respond to Coronavirus

John Roberts, Esq. Arseneault & Fassett, LLC In light of the national emergency due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), courts at every level of Government have restricted operations and public appearances. All federal U.S. Courthouses are prohibiting entry by visitors who (1) have been diagnosed with, or have been in contact with someone who … Read More

DOJ Recommends a Below-Guidelines Sentence for President’s Advisor, Citing Its Duty That “Justice Be Done”

At the direction of Attorney General William Barr, the Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a revised sentencing memorandum to the District of Columbia Federal Court which will be sentencing former Presidential advisor and friend Roger Stone for obstruction of justice. The revised memo contradicts the memorandum submitted by the trial team prosecutors just the day … Read More

Estimated Effects of the First Step Act

In the wake of the recent passage of the First Step Act, which was touted as “sweeping” criminal justice reform by the news media, the U.S. Sentencing Commission has released the first estimates of the Act’s effects on the current and future federal prison population. After analyzing Bureau of Prisons (BOP) statistics, not individual cases, … Read More

Federal Criminal Sentences Increasingly Vary by Judge

The disparity in criminal sentences meted out by federal judges is increasing, according to a new report issued by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The Report, entitled Intra-City Differences in Federal Sentencing Practices: Federal District Judges in 30 Cities, 2005–2017, studies disparities according to sentencing judge since the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines … Read More

First Step Act Promises Modest Criminal Justice Reform

Arseneault & Fassett, LLC On December 21, 2018, the First Step Act of 2018 was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, representing criminal justice reform for defendants who await sentencing and inmates who are currently serving their sentences in federal prisons. In general, the benefits are modest but potentially wide-reaching. Mandatory … Read More

Changes to Pre-Trial Intervention Program Coming

Arseneault & Fassett, LLC New Jersey has adopted new Court Rules which affect the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) application and admission process for people charged with criminal offenses. PTI is a diversionary program which allows eligible defendants charged with indictable offenses (commonly called “felonies”) to comply with supervision and rehabilitation prior to trial. Participants who successfully … Read More

Third Circuit Opinion: United States v. Ferriero

Arseneault & Fassett, LLC In United States v. Ferriero, No. 15-4064 (3d Cir. Aug. 4, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the convictions of a former county Democratic party chairman for violations of the Travel Act, the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and wire fraud. The defendant had … Read More