Sunday, April 10, 2005

Chief Judge Jones approves agreed sentence, notwithstanding government's about-face

In U.S. v. Bundy, the defendant entered a guilty plea, the government argued for a sentence at the upper end of the guidelines, the trial court agreed, and the defendant appealed. The Fourth Circuit reversed and the case was remanded. On remand, the government approved a deal that would limit the defendant's jail time to the 16 months served, and on reflection, Judge Jones agreed, "notwithstanding the government's dramatic about-face."

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