retroactivity

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On October 18, 1991, Petitioner Lonnie Lee Burton followed a 15-year-old Washington boy home from school. State v. Burton, 2000 WL 987045 (Wash.App. Div. July 17, 2000) at 1. Posing as a salesman, Burton forced his way into the house where he raped the...

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The following facts are taken from the opinion of the Minnesota Court of Appeals in which Stephen Danforth's first appeal was denied. In 1996, a Minnesota jury in Hennepin County District Court found Stephen Danforth guilty of first degree criminal...
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In 2007, Officer Curtis Miller made a routine traffic stop of a car in which Petitioner Willie Davis was riding. See United States v. Davis, 598 F.3d 1259, 1261 (11th Cir. 2010). When Officer Miller asked Davis for his name, Davis stated that his name...

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In 1986, Congress established a tiered system of mandatory five- and ten-year prison sentences for drug-trafficking offenses. See Brief of the United States in support of Petitioners at 4. Congress was concerned about the proliferation of crack cocaine...

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Oral argument: Feb. 22, 2011

Appealed from: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Nov. 20, 2009)

FAIR SENTENCING ACT, SENTENCING GUIDELINES, PLEA AGREEMENTS, RETROACTIVITY

In 2005,...

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Petitioner Joel Judulang, born in the Philippines in 1966, became a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) of the United States at eight years of age. See Judulang v. Chertoff, 535 F. Supp. 2d 1129, 1130 (S.D. Cal. 2008); Judulang v. Gonzales, 249 Fed. Appx...

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In the fall of 2002, John Allen Muhammad and 17-year-old Lee Malvo carried out the “D.C. Sniper” shootings—a series of sniper-rifle shootings in the greater Washington. D.C. area in which the pair murdered twelve individuals and injured six others....

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In 1994, Petitioner Panagis Vartelas, a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) of the United States, was convicted of conspiring to make or possess a counterfeit security, following entry of his guilty plea. See Vartelas v. Holder, 620 F.3d 108, 110 (2d Cir...

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Police believed that the suspect of an armed robbery was at petitioner Gregory Welch’s apartment. See United States v. Welch, 683 F.3d 1304, 1306 (11th Cir. 2012). The police went to Welch’s apartment and someone other than Welch allowed them to enter...

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Autumn, a six year old girl, lived with her mother, Laura, and step-father, Marvin Bockting, in a one room motel room in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bockting v. Bayer, 399 F.3d 1010, 1013 (2005). One evening Autumn awoke upset. Although there were various...