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Interview on “America Now with Andy Dean”

On May 23, 2014, I was privileged to be on America Now with Andy Dean, a nationally syndicated radio talk-show.  Here is an excerpt of my interview by renowned-attorney Drew Findling–standing in for Andy–regarding the recent indictment of five Chinese … Continue reading

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‘‘Drawn from Nowhere’’: A Review of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s White-Collar Sentencing Guidelines and Loss Data

In “Drawn from Nowhere“: A Review of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s White-Collar Sentencing Guidelines and Loss Data, I review tens of thousands of white collar sentences to provide empirical support for the position that the federal judiciary views loss as … Continue reading

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Ex Post Facto Applies to the Advisory Guidelines

Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided Peugh v. United States (  At issue was whether the Ex Post Facto clause still applied to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines after they became “effectively advisory” back in 2005 in United States v. Booker.  … Continue reading

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Covina teacher suspected of distributing child porn

Authorities believe a Covina middle school teacher arrested Wednesday on suspicion of distributing child porn over the Internet may have molested children. Read full article here:,0,4747340.story

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Republican Congressman will address inequities in federal prison sentences with new bill

The federal justice system is far more rigid than state systems. No federal board of pardons exists. If you are sentenced to federal prison, you will either serve your full sentence or die trying. Read here for full article:

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Mark Allenbaugh to discuss trends in child pornography sentencing at MACDL 2013 seminar

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Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Launches Publicly-Available Resource for Resisting and Challenging Excessive Sentences

Washington, DC (May 22, 2013) – NACDL is pleased to offer, as a resource for its members and as a service to the public, a collection of individual downloadable documents that summarize for each U.S. state the key doctrines and leading … Continue reading

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AFDA Webinar on USSC Child Pornography Report

TOPIC: The U.S. Sentencing Commission’s February 2013 Child Pornography Report DATE: May 01, 2013

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NACDL Podcast on the new Sentencing Commission Report on Child Pornography

Issues in Child Pornography Law & Sentencing. We speak  with two of the nation’s leading experts in this area — Michael  Iacopino, co-chair of NACDL’s Sex Offender Policy Committee and an attorney  in private practice based in Manchester, New Hampshire. … Continue reading

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Ariel Castro Charges: Man Accused In Ohio Abductions Appears In Court On Kidnapping, Rape Charges

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man was arraigned Thursday on charges of rape and kidnapping after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. Full article: … Continue reading

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