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Acknowledging the rising costs of incarceration and the overcapacity of prisons, the U.S. Sentencing Commission announced on January 9, 2014 that it is seeking comment on proposed amendments to the Guidelines that would reduce drug trafficking sentences. The proposal reduces

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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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