Watford v. United States

Brief of FAMM and NACDL as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner (On Petition for Writ of Certiorari). 

Brief filed: 11/12/2021


Watford v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 21-551

Prior Decision

Decision below 2021 WL 3856295 (7th Cir. August 2, 2021)


Every branch of government has recognized the profound injustice that resulted from the stacking of sentences imposed pursuant to Section 924(c). Congress finally remedied that wrong in the First Step Act. This Court should grant review to correct an egregious misunderstanding of Congress’s handiwork—and to remove an unnatural limitation on compassionate release that has produced an intractable circuit split. In the alternative, this Court should hold the Petition in abeyance and grant one or more of the other pending petitions that present the same issue.


Sean Hecker, Joshua Matz, and Jacqueline Sahlberg, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, New York NY; Mary Price and Shanna Rifkin, FAMM, Washington, DC; Jeffrey T. Green and Elizabeth A. Blackwood, NACDL, Washington, DC.

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