IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
February 15, 2008
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
DOUGLAS STRAUCH, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge
ORDER REGARDING MOTION TO REDUCE SENTENCE
Following entry of guilty pleas by Defendant Strauch and a co-Defendant in the above-captioned case, the Honorable James L. Foreman sentenced Strauch on October 30, 2000. The sentence included a 120-month term of imprisonment. Judgment was entered accordingly on November 6, 2000.
On February 7, 2008, attorney Judith Kuenneke of the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Southern District of Illinois, moved this Court to appoint the Office of the Federal Public Defender to represent Defendant Strauch. Specifically, Ms. Kuenneke suggests that Defendant Strauch may be eligible for a sentence reduction under recently amended United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The Court GRANTS the motion to appoint counsel (Doc. 71) as follows. On December 19, 2007, Chief Judge Herndon issued an Administrative Order addressing certain recent amendments to the Guidelines. Administrative Order 102 explains that this Court cannot act on any petitions to reduce sentence until after the March 3, 2008 effective date imposed by the Sentencing Commission. Administrative Order 102 further provides:
(a) any motions to reduce sentence filed before March 3, 2008 shall be stayed until March 3, 2008;
(b) the Federal Public Defender's Office of the Southern District of Illinois "is hereby designated to represent each defendant" who files a motion to reduce sentence; and
(c) the U.S. Attorney's Office need not file any response to a motion to reduce sentence until March 10, 2008. Id.
Administrative Order 102 is INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE herein and expressly declared applicable to this case. Accordingly, the Office of the Federal Public Defender shall represent Defendant Strauch herein. This Order in no way indicates that a motion to reduce sentence under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2) has merit or would be granted. Finally, if Defendant Strauch does file a motion to reduce sentence, the undersigned District Judge may set a briefing schedule with deadlines in addition to (and/or later than) the March 10, 2008 response date referenced in Administrative Order 102.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
MICHAEL J. REAGAN United States District Judge
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