Since the COVID pandemic has delayed trials, and overly infected many jails, the compassionate release ("CR") provisions in 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c) and/or D.C. Code § 24-403.04 have become important tools for seeking sentencing relief for incarcerated clients. These provisions also present broader support for resentencing. The types of arguments presented in CR cases are often applicable to general considerations in mitigation of sentencing at trial and/or on appeal. The D.C. area is lucky to have creative and experienced attorneys and institutions at the forefront of this work.
This webcast presents a compelling discussion from those attorneys concerning:
Evaluating a client's case: Discussion of the facts that make a claim for release appropriate.
Filing and/or arguing in different courts: Differences to be aware of when drafting and filing CR motions in different courts—e.g., federal, Superior Court, or courts of appeal.
Case Law Update: Recent court decisions on the variety of uses of CR provisions for sentencing relief.
Q&A: Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the webcast by emailing REarnestLaw@gmail.com, or during the webcast through the chat feature.
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Sponsored by: Appellate Practice Subcommittee of the D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Community Related Community of Interest: D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Community; Litigation Community; Public Interest and Courts Community; Health Law Community; and D.C. Bar Law Student Community
John S. Albanes, NACDL, Resource Counsel, D.C. Compassionate Release Project
Beth Blackwood, Counsel and Project Director for the First Step Act Resource Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bryan Han, AUSA, U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia
Alice Wang, Deputy Chief Appellate Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Robin M. Earnest, Appellate Practice Subcommittee Chair (Moderator)