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Phoning It In

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.... “Ready” and “Latta” refer to the names of women to whom the defendant, Crawford, was alleged to have sold eight-balls of crack monthly for years. While Crawford wasn’t charged with the sales, the government wanted him to pay for them nonetheless.  This might strike people as outrageous in itself, and indeed, it is, unless you get a government paycheck.

This is called “relevant conduct,” and it’s a means of the government tossing in whatever bad acts they claim a defendant did for the purpose of increasing the guidelines sentence. It’s nothing new.  It’s used all the time, and it is, according to the courts, absolutely fine.  But it gets worse....

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