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United States v. Washington

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


April 8, 2009

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
RAIFREAN WASHINGTON

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ronald L. Buckwalter, S.J.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

In petitioner's § 3582(c)(2) memorandum of law, it is conceded that the final range of 360 months to life remains even after a two level reduction.

This, petitioner argues, is unrelated to the fairness issue and indeed there may be some basis for that argument. But this court sentenced Raifrean Washington pursuant to a downward departure motion and sees no unfairness in its not further reducing that sentence.

In petitioner's case, the sentence more than adequately rewarded him for his cooperation, which consisted, at the trial stage at least, of his hesitant and evasive testimony, in the court's opinion.

Petitioner is to be commended for what in his petition appears to be his good record of achievement while in prison. In this case, however, no reduction is warranted.

An order follows.

ORDER

AND NOW, this 8th day of April, 2009, upon consideration of defendant Raifrean Washington's Motion for Reduction of Sentence Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2), and the government's response thereto, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion is DENIED.

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