Defendant's drug distribution sentence is reversed where 18 U.S.C. section 3582(a) expressly prohibits sentencing courts from treating rehabilitation as a reason for imposing a longer term of imprisonment, and the district court committed plain error by doing so.
Argued March 12, 2009
Decided July 28, 2009
Opinion by Judge Tatel
Partial Concurrence and Partial Dissent by Judge Henderson
Nicholas P. Coleman, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Washington, DC