High Court Considers Retroactive Sentence Reductions

Law360, New York (February 23, 2011, 4:54 PM EST) -- Attorneys for prisoner William Freeman told U.S. Supreme Court justices Wednesday that he shouldn’t be barred from a retroactive reduction to his crack possession sentence after the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines were lowered because his plea agreement included a specific prison term.

Prisoners are routinely granted post-conviction sentence reductions based on guideline changes when their sentences were imposed by a jury or by a judge after a plea agreement.

The petitioner in Wednesday’s case, though, William Freeman, agreed to a so-called Type C plea deal described in...
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