Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
Defendant's sentence for escaping from federal prison affirmed
US v. Holcomb, 08-6520, concerned a challenge to the district court's imposition of a 10-month sentence upon a defendant convicted for escaping from a federal prison camp. In affirming the sentence, the court held that the district court's decision was well reasoned and sufficiently detailed to easily pass muster as procedurally reasonable. The court also held that defendant's sentence was substantively reasonable as the district court properly calculated the applicable guidelines range and discussed the relevant section 3553(a) factors, evaluated the nature and circumstances of the offense and the need for the sentence imposed, in determining that a below-guidelines sentence would best differentiate between this case and other more serious escapes.