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Split Second Circuit panel declares within-guideline child porn possession sentence of 225 months “substantively unreasonable”

A dozen years after Booker, the reversal of any federal sentence as substantively unreasonable is still quite rare and notable. Today, a Second Circuit panel has issued such a rare and notable decision in US v. Jenkinss, No. 14-4295 (2d Cir. April 17, 2017) Full Article

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  1. Lake County

    Judge Kearse has a small dissenting opinion based on a statement by the defendant:

    Defendant Jenkins, disputed any justification or authority for prosecuting him, and argued that instead the children who were victims of the child pornography should have been prosecuted, the district court’s concern for the likelihood that, without a lengthy prison term, Jenkins would re-offend was not unreasonable.

    I have to agree that this statement (if true) is at minimum troubling. This is likely why the judge gave him the max. This judge would loose his career if someone who made a statement like that was ever released and re-offended. This way, the judge in the clear by letting a higher court be responsible for the lower sentence.

    • Lake County

      After reading the court’s decision, I have to think that this defendant did everything he could to deserve this harsh sentence. It’s likely that the appeals court never had to meet him in person.

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