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Dismissed counts ok to use at sentencing

Testimony presented by the government was sufficient to allow a U.S. District Court to consider counts from the defendant’s indictment that were not part of her plea deal as “relevant conduct” for sentencing, the 7th Circuit has ruled.

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Sentencing Commission urged to allow flexibility

Advocates for added flexibility in criminal sentencing took their appeal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which heard testimony in Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the agency's first nationwide series of public hearings since federal sentencing guidelines took effect 22 years ago.

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