IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
March 11, 2008
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
RANDY CORNELL BLOUNT, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge
ORDER REGARDING MOTION TO REDUCE SENTENCE
By motion filed March 10, 2008, Defendant Blount seeks to reduce his sentence in the above-captioned case under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2). This Order ADVISES DefendantBlount how his motion will be handled in this District Court.
On December 10, 2007, the United States Supreme Court scrutinized the crack-cocaine-to-powder-cocaine sentencing disparity contained in the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and held that federal district courts can deviate from the Guidelines in appropriate circumstances. Kimbrough v. United States, -- U.S. --, 128 S.Ct. 558 (2007). On December 11, 2007, the Sentencing Commission decided that the amendments in question (which reduce the base offense level associated with some crack cocaine offenses) would be retroactively applied as of March 3, 2008.
On December 19, 2007, Chief Judge Herndon of this Court issued Administrative Order 102. That Order addressed the amendments to the Guidelines and the motions -- like Blount's -- being filed in the wake of these amendments.
A copy of Administrative Order 102 was mailed to Blount by the Clerk's Office of this Court on March 10, 2008. Pursuant to that Order, the undersigned Judge NOTIFIES Blount that his motion has been docketed in this Court as "Document # 128," the Federal Public Defender's Office has been advised of this filing, and the United States has been given a deadline to respond to the motion (see below).
Although Administrative Order 102 appointed the Public Defender's Office to represent Defendant Blount in any proceedings relating to the motion to reduce sentence, that appointment does not prevent Blount from retaining private counsel, including any lawyer who may have represented Blount in earlier proceedings in this Court or the Court of Appeals.
Finally, Administrative Order 102 stated that the United States need not respond before March 10, 2008. The undersigned Judge now CLARIFIES that the United States shall file any response to Blount's motion (Doc. 128) by April 4, 2008. If necessary or appropriate, the Court -- by separate Order -- will provide an opportunity for Defendant to file a reply brief and/or set a hearing on the motion.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
MICHAEL J. REAGAN United States District Judge
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