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US. v. Bradley, 10-1080

By FindLaw Staff on December 13, 2010 12:09 PM

Sentencing challenge in a conviction for traveling interstate commerce to engage in sexual conduct with a minor

US. v. Bradley, 10-1080, concerned a challenge to the district court's imposition of a 240 months' imprisonment, in a prosecution of defendant for traveling in interstate commerce to engage in sexual conduct with a minor.  The court vacated the sentence and remanded for resentencing as the district court unreasonably based defendant's sentence on its speculation about prior criminal conduct and potential for recidivism.

 

As the court wrote: "Here, the court's unnecessarily harsh and exaggerated language by itself gives us pause, but when we also consider the speculation underlying the court's reasons for the extreme variance from the guidelines range, we simply cannot conclude that the court imposed a reasonable sentence."

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