Friday, March 24, 2006
Reasonableness of sentence
In US v. Giaquinto (# 05-2212, 3/23/06), the Court applies its recent opinion in US v. Cooper, 437 F.3d 324 (3d Cir. 2006), in upholding a below-guideline sentence as "reasonable." This was a defendant's appeal in which defendant argued that her 23 month sentence, which was 7 months below the guideline range, was unreasonably high because her co-defendant, who was much more culpable, received only 30 months. The Court found that the judge considered the section 3553(a) factors and imposed a reasonable sentence.