Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tenth Confuses Departure, Variance Standards

U.S. v. Sanchez-Fragoso, 2015 WL 1321388 (3/25/15) (N.M.) (unpub'd) - In this case, the 10th says a district court should vary downward based on a defendant's family circumstances "only in extraordinary circumstances," citing USSG ยง 5H1.6, which applies only to departures. The Supreme Court's decision in Gall v. U.S., 552 U.S. 38 (2007), may lead one to question this holding.