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18 USC 3553

On March 12, 2012, the Ninth Circuit issued its ruling on an appeals case that was originally decided by the Western District of Washington in 2004. The Ninth Circuit reversed the twenty-two year sentence imposed by the district court, calling

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On February 29, 2012, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision to deny Frank Aidoo, the defendant, the benefit in sentencing espoused in 18 U.S.C. 3553(f). Commonly referred to as the “safety valve,” section 3553(f) allows a judge to

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