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US v. Pickett, 05-3179

Sentence based on guilty plea to distributing more than five grams of crack cocaine is vacated as to defendant's sentence where the district court erred in refusing to evaluate whether sentencing defendant in accordance with U.S.S.G. section 2D1.1, and its 100-to-1 ratio, would effectuate the purposes of sentencing set forth in 18 U.S.C. section 3553(a).

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/20/2006
  • Decided 02/13/2007
  • Published 02/13/2007

Judges

  • Before:  GINSBURG, Chief Judge, and RANDOLPH and ROGERS, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States DC Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • A.J. Kramer, Federal Public Defender, argued the cause and filed the briefs for appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Valinda Jones, Assistant U.S. Attorney, argued the cause for appellee.   With her on the brief were Kenneth L. Wainstein, U.S. Attorney at the time the brief was filed, and Roy W. McLeese, III and Rachel Carlson Lieber, Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

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