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US v. Kirkpatrick, No. 09-2382

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By FindLaw Staff on December 14, 2009 3:43 PM

Sentence of 108 months' imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm, more than double the top of the Guidelines' range, is vacated and remanded as the sentence appears to be chosen arbitrarily, and although the Guidelines are no longer binding, a judge still must start by using the Guidelines to provide a benchmark that curtails unwarranted disparities. 

Read US v. Kirkpatrick, No. 09-2382

Appellate Information

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Decided December 14, 2009


Before:  Easterbrook, Chief Judge, Rovner and Sykes, Circuit Judges

Opinion by Easterbrook, Chief Judge

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