The high court said Monday it would decide whether Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region 16 years ago, may challenge his sentence of life in prison without parole. Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, who was executed, killed 10 people.
Michigan’s oldest juvenile lifer walked out of prison Thursday after 56 years, one of 82 people released in the state under Supreme Court rulings requiring resentencing in cases where crimes committed as a minor were punished with automatic life-without-parole sentences.
Matthew Charles of Tennessee made national headlines last year after he was resentenced and ordered back to prison two years after his release. Now he may be the first to be freed under a change in crack sentencing in the new First Step Act.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and John Kennedy (R-LA) are pushing for amendments that could weaken the sentencing-reform bill, including changes that would bar more offenders from participating in the bill’s earned-time credit program and require the Bureau of Prisons to notify victims when prisoners are released in advance of their original expected sentence.
A Missouri judge ordered a deer poacher to watch “Bambi” once a month during his one-year jail sentence. The case involved four members of a southwest Missouri family caught in a multi-year poaching case where authorities say hundreds of deer were killed illegally.
That’s what critic Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) contends, In a fact check, the Washington Post says Cotton is misleading because the federal Bureau of Prisons would have to make release decisions based on objective criteria.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and other advocates of sentencing and prison reform are desperately trying to sway Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to keep the Senate in session longer in December to finish their bill. The Justice Department would like to rewrite some provisions, a move a critic blames on a “rogue” official.