22Nov 2017

Congratulations to Doug Trant for his significant sentencing victory yesterday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Mr. Trant had a client who had been convicted of possession of two firearms while being a convicted felon. The issue at sentencing was whether his sentence should be enhanced because […]

11Sep 2017

People often do not realize the severe effects that a non-violent felony conviction can have on their lives. As the pictured chart shows, the collateral effects are far-reaching. There are certain businesses and occupations you can no longer pursue. A lot of companies will not hire you. You can’t get a lot government benefits, loans, […]

08Sep 2017

The 2017 projected murder rates should be 2.5% lower than last year. Significantly in some large cities known for crime, there has been a considerable decrease. In Detroit, it is expected to be down 25.6%. In Houston, 20.5%, and in New York, down 19.1%. Even Chicago’s murder rate is expected to fall by 2.4%. On […]

05Sep 2017

The United States Sentencing Commission released a report this morning on clemencies granted by President Obama to federal prisoners. President Obama made 1,928 grants of clemency during his presidency, of which 1,716 were commutations of sentence. Those were more commutations than any other president has granted. Those who received commutations of sentences were serving lengthy […]

28Aug 2017

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments this fall in the case of Christie v The National Collegiate Athletic Association as to whether sports betting should be left up to the states or should remain illegal in every state except for Nevada. In 1992, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Professional […]

22Aug 2017

The concept of fairness has been an integral part of our legal system since at least the year 1215. During that time, over 800 years ago, the Magna Carta was signed and gave to all Englishmen (and then consequently to all Americans) the right of due process of law. The very foundation of due process […]