US v. Simpson, 8 F.3d 546 (1993)

Is it erroneous for a sentencing court to not explain its reasoning for consecutive sentences and for disparate sentences between co-conspirators?


The Court of Appeals held that there was no rule that required an explanation for consecutive sentences, and that the record contained enough evidence that justified sentencing Simpson to a longer term that his co-conspirators. Simpson was convicted of mail and securities fraud in promoting an illegal pyramid scheme. He had been the director of the program, and had admitted to being the sole person directing the operation. This was a sufficient standard to impose a harsher sentence on him than those received by the other members of the operation. The court also held that it has never required, by case law or statute, that a sentencing judge must state their reasons for sentencing a person to serve consecutive sentences instead of concurrent ones.

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Reference Info:Federal, 7th Circuit, Indiana | United States

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