Thursday, March 04, 2004

Downward departure in cross-burning case reversed

In U.S. v. May, the Fourth Circuit in an opinion by Judge King joined by Judges Williams and Traxler reversed the downward departure from the guidelines in the sentencing of a North Carolina man accused of, among other things, burning a cross to make a black man married to a white woman want to leave the neighborhood. The trial court judge was Chief Judge Mullen from Charlotte.

UPDATE: The AP has this story on the case.

Isn't that what they are on Judge Charles Pickering about, advocating leniency in sentencing in a cross-burning case? One set of articles on this point is published here and here.

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