Houston v. United States

Brief Amicus Curiae of National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers In Support Of Petitioner (on petitioner for a writ of certiorari).

Brief filed: 05/21/2021


Houston v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 20-1479

Prior Decision

Decision below 805 Fed.Appx. 546 (9th Cir. May 22, 2020)


Timely resolution of the question presented is of great practical importance to First Step Act movants. Appellate-court decisions remanding for considers of the § 3553(a) factors have resulted in significantly reduced sentences. The temporal gap between the original sentencing and First Step Act proceeedings underscores the importance of an update § 3553(a) analysis. In light of the very real possibility that renewed § 3553(a) consideration results in lower sentences, the Court must intervene now.


Cuauhtemoc Ortega, Brianna Fuller Mircheff, and Gia Kim (Deputy Public Defenders), Los Angeles, CA; Jeffrey T. Green, NACDL, Washington, DC.

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