Category Archives: Federal criminal defense sentencing

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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Notable New Child Porn Case


Over the weekend, experienced lawyer and federal sentencing guru Mark Allenbaugh (firm website here) alerted me to what he called a “new and (again) excellent opinion by Judge Jack Weinstein” in U.S. v. D.M., 12-CR-170 (EDNY May 1, 2013) (available … Continue reading

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Disney worker accused of distributing child porn


A Disney employee at Fort Wilderness is accused of sharing child porn with an undercover officer. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said 28-year-old Kentriale Barnes admitted that he’s been looking at child porn for a few years and knows … Continue reading

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With Fewer to Lock Up, Prisons Shut Doors


With Fewer to Lock Up, Prisons Shut Doors Declining Inmate Population, Partly Thanks to Softer Sentences, Spurs Some Cash-Strapped States to Close Facilities By DAN STRUMPF America’s prison boom is starting to fizzle. For decades, the country had little trouble … Continue reading

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Martinez man sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for sexually abusing young girls


A 21-year-old Martinez man was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in state prison for sexually abusing three young girls, including one whom he filmed himself abusing. William Vincent Yakopatz, who met his victims through friends and family members, … Continue reading

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Man Sentenced in NYC Terrorism Plot


A man from Queens who pleaded guilty to plotting to blow up synagogues in Manhattan has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars, in the Manhattan District Attorney’s first conviction of a terror defendant. Ahmed Ferhani, in court today in … Continue reading

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Springfield man sentenced to 55 years for killing teen walking home from school


A 20-year-old Springfield Township man was sentenced to 55 years in prison today for killing Tyrell Coleman, 18, who was shot multiple times as he walked home from school Jan. 25, 2011, prosecutors said. Keevin David, 20, was convicted in … Continue reading

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The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration


From 2000 to 2009 there was a dramatic shift in the racial composition of the women’s prison population.  In 2000, African American women were incarcerated at 6 times the rate of white women. By 2009, that disparity had dropped by … Continue reading

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Sequester Impact On Federal Prisons


As a follow up to the earlier blog written on the Barber Amendment (legislation to reduce the number of inmates by increasing time earned for good behavior), I came across a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder (Thanks to Mark … Continue reading

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USSC Report on Federal Child Pornography Offenses Report to Congress


This comprehensive report by the United States Sentencing Commission examines federal sentencing policy in child pornography cases. It focuses primarily on non-production offenses under USSG §2G2.2. One chapter also analyzes production of child pornography offenses under USSG §2G2.1. This report … Continue reading

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