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Aggressive, Compassionate Federal Criminal Defense
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H.R. 2944, the Sensenbrenner-Scott Over-Criminalization Task Force SAFE Justice Reinvestment Act of 2015, is a comprehensive sentencing reform bill with some good ideas. It has bipartisan support in the House, but enacting it will be very difficult. Read our blog post for more details.

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In the case of Johnson vs. United States, the Supreme Court struck down the part of the Armed Career Criminal Act known as the residual clause. Read our blog post to find out what this means and who will be affected.

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Stephen McFadden was convicted of selling cocaine-like chemicals as bath salts under the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act. On June 18, the Supreme Court remanded his case due to inaccurate instructions to the jury. So what does it take to be convicted under the Analogue Act? Read our blog post to find out.

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In the case of Henderson vs. the United States, the Supreme Court ruled that when law enforcement has possession of #firearms that a #felon lawfully owns, that felon may sell firearms to whom he chooses provided that the court is satisfied that the buyer will keep the firearms away from the felon. Read our blog post for the rationale.

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Some in Congress have proposed a National Criminal Justice Commission. We can be hopeful since this proposal has bipartisan support and the results of a comprehensive study could be helpful. However, the odds are against it. Read more details in our blog post.

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What can police do during a traffic stop?
In the case of Rodriguez v. U.S., the Supreme Court ruled on Apr. 21 that a traffic stop cannot be prolonged in order to have a dog sniff for drugs unless the police have reasonable grounds for suspicion.

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Several bills proposed in Congress would help people with criminal records reintegrate into society by allowing them to vote in federal elections, have records of non-violent offenses sealed, and remain eligible for TANF and SNAP (among other provisions). However, these bills will probably not become law.

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On March 31, President Obama granted 22 inmates commutations of their sentences. Yet, in the current state of affairs, this is hardly promising. (Details on our blog post.)
(Chart by P.S. Ruckman, Jr.)

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Some proposals for significant sentencing reforms have been made in the House of Representatives, but it is very unlikely that they will move forward. Read our brief overview of these proposals on our blog.

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The CORRECTIONS Act (S. 467) has been introduced in the Senate. It builds on last year's Recidivism Reduction Act, and like it, it would provide more ways that Federal inmates could earn time off their sentence. Thus, if enacted, it could help the Federal prison population grow less swiftly and reduce costs if it is implemented wisely.
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