An article from Law360 Access to Justice breaks down a recent appellate decision on the interpretation of federal sentencing guidelines which could have a major impact on people with prior criminal records who are being sentenced for new crimes.

The article details the 2016 arrest and conviction of Jeffrey Havis for possession of a firearm despite a past felony conviction. He pled guilty to the crime but then appealed his sentence, arguing that the court was wrong to rely on an interpretation to the sentencing guidelines that increased the recommended time he served behind bars. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit agreed.

Read the full article to learn more about the Sixth Circuit’s decision and its potential influence on the interpretation of federal sentencing guidelines.

Pauline Toboulidis

The American Law Institute

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