Saturday, August 14, 2004

S.D.W.Va.'s Judge Goodwin on alternative sentencing

This Doug Berman post links to what he calls a "fantastic opinion" by West Virginia's Judge Goodwin, declining the suggestion from the Fourth Circuit for "alternative sentencing," in the case of U.S. v. Johnson.

I don't know much about Judge Goodwin, but he wrote the good dissenting opinion from the Fourth Circuit's panel decision in the rebel flag lunch box case, which was more or less followed by the en banc court. I have been privileged to meet some other fine lawyers named Goodwin of the West Virginia law firm founded in 1970 by "Joe Bob" Goodwin (as he was then known, before he went on the bench) and his brother Tom.

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