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Career Offender; Plea Agreement

Where a defendant in a drug case entered a plea agreement in which the parties agreed to not seek any sentencing departures beyond those identified in the agreement, career offender status is not a departure but an application of Section ...

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Downward Departure; Crack Cocaine

Where the government challenged a District Court’s downward departure in the sentencing of a defendant on crack cocaine charges, whether the departure is considered a ‘procedural’ aspect of ‘calculating the Guidelines range’ or part of substantive reasonableness review it was ...

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SENTENCING

Where a defendant convicted on drug charges argued for an acquittal based on the government’s use of convicted informants who were allegedly unsupervised and engaged in criminal activity, the defendant did not show that the government’s investigation was corrupted or ...

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