Bench Memos

Re: Crackheaded Ruling by Sixth Circuit

Two months ago (as I discussed more fully in this same-day post), a divided panel of the Sixth Circuit issued a crazy ruling on sentencing for crack-cocaine offenders who were sentenced before the effective date of the 2010 “Fair Sentencing Act.” Just back from vacation, I’m pleased to learn that the full Sixth Circuit has vacated that ruling and decided to rehear the case en banc. (H/t Orin Kerr at Volokh Conspiracy.)

In related news, I’ll note that Sixth Circuit judge Boyce F. Martin Jr., one of the two malefactors in the crack-cocaine case, has decided to put an end to his 34 years of (mis)service on that court.


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