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Brown Law Blog

The Law Office of C. Justin Brown this week obtained a sentence reduction of 97 months for a federal inmate. Sentence reductions of this magnitude are rarely seen in federal court. The client was convicted on drug charges in 2007 following a four-day jury trial. He was sentenced to 240 months (20 years) in prison. He appealed the sentence but was denied by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then filed a post-conviction motion

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Oral arguments in the Syed case are set for the morning of June 9. I have been receiving a lot of questions about how the appeal will proceed. Here are the answers, as best as I can give: Q: Is the hearing open to the public? A: Yes. However, there is limited seating capacity. As of now we do not know for sure how the Court will handle the enormous public interest in this case.

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We recently came across some statistics regarding how frequently the Maryland Court of Special Appeals grants an Application for Leave to Appeal (ALA). As you recall, Adnan Syed, after losing his post-conviction proceeding, filed an ALA. Essentially, in the ALA, Syed asked the Court for permission to file an appeal. This was necessary because a petitioner whose post-conviction was denied (such as Syed) does not have an automatic right of appeal. The ALA was granted

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It is highly probable that the six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death will attempt to have the case removed from Baltimore City. A change of venue would be based on the obvious: with a unprecedented amount of public attention following Gray’s death, it will be almost impossible to find unbiased jurors in Baltimore City. The result of this effort by the officers’ defense lawyers could go a long way to determining whether the State

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Amidst the turmoil following Freddy Gray’s death, a significant change in law is about to take place that will make it easier for victims of police brutality to recover compensation. The Maryland Legislature recently passed a bill that will increase to $400,000 from $200,000 the cap on damages that can be collected against negligent police officers. Governor Hogan has promised to sign the bill into law, and it would take effect on October 1. This

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Remember when it looked like the Fourth Circuit was on the brink of a significant change? When, after Obama got his nominees on the court, it would go from being super conservative to progressive? Well, that day has not yet come. The court today issued a major opinion that is heartbreaking for a class of federal inmates called “career offenders.” These are people who had at least two prior convictions (either violent or a drug

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The Firm won a major victory in a state post-conviction proceeding early this year. The client, who we will call CM, was convicted of murder about 10 years ago, and sentenced to life with all but 50 years suspended. The facts were cloudy at best, and CM maintained his innocence. Because it is extremely difficult (if not impossible) to get paroled with a life sentence, there was a very real possibility that CM would have died

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