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Kimbrough v. United States
Citation:552 U.S. 85, 128 S.Ct. 588, 169 L.Ed.2d 481 (2007)
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Kimbrough (Defendant) pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine. While the Sentencing Guidelines recommended 19 years in prison for his crimes, the district judge sentenced him to only 15 years, based on the judge’s disagreement with the Guidelines as a matter of policy. This was based upon the disparity in the Guidelines for the distribution and possession of crack cocaine as opposed to powder cocaine.
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