Federal Sentencing in Computer Related Crimes

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Tampa Florida Federal Criminal Defense Attorney, Lawyer W.F. ”Casey” Ebsary notes that Computer crimes draw stiff sentences in Federal Courts. However, at a United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) hearing in Chicago, a Judge said it would give him comfort in affirming below-guideline sentences in child porn cases to see data showing there are lots of below guidelines sentences. There is such data.

In the first three quarters of 2009, judges sentenced below the guideline range in 503 of 1195 cases (42%) and the government moved for a below-guideline sentence in another 128 cases (10.7%), 101 of which were for reasons other than 5K1.1, that is, for reasons under 3553(a). See USSC Preliminary Data Report, Table 5.

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Source: https://www.ussc.gov/sc_cases/USSC_2009_Quarter_Report_3rd.pdf.