DC Circ. Denies De Novo Review For Criminal Resentence

Law360, Los Angeles (March 12, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected a criminal defendant’s bid to force a lower court judge to reconsider his entire previous sentence after the appellate court vacated one count, saying court precedent doesn’t require de novo review of any sentencing factors beyond what was vacated.

Joseph Blackson had asked the D.C. Circuit to authorize a district court judge to reconsider his entire original sentence de novo upon remand. He claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 ruling in Pepper v. United States meant that district courts...
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