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High Court Says Sentencing Errors Must Be Fixed

Law360 (June 18, 2018, 10:13 AM EDT) -- Federal appellate courts should correct sentencing mistakes even when the errors do not “shock the conscience,” the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday as it rejected a Fifth Circuit definition of how to examine “plain errors” by lower courts and ruled for a noncitizen convicted of illegal reentry.

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court overturned the Fifth Circuit’s refusal to correct a lower court’s sentencing error after the appellate court panel wrote that the goof did not “shock the conscience of the common man, serve as...
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Florencio Rosales-Mireles, Petitioner v. United States


Case Number

16-9493

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Supreme Court

Nature of Suit

Prisoner Petition

Date Filed

June 9, 2017

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