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Wynn v. U.S.

NCLA filed an amicus brief in Jayren Wynn v. United States of America, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant Mr. Wynn’s petition for certiorari and either discard Stinson deference altogether or at least rule that Stinson deference cannot increase criminal sentences. This judicial-deference doctrine requires federal judges to defer to commentary the U.S. Sentencing Commission has written interpreting the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Under the deference regime at the time, district courts in seven circuits were systematically violating the due-process rights of thousands of criminal defendants by applying Stinson deference to increase the Sentencing Guideline range beyond what Congress had approved. With the liberty of thousands of defendants at stake each year, NLCA asked the Supreme Court address the grave constitutional concerns present in this case.

Mark Chenoweth
President and Chief Legal Officer

Brief for the United States in Opposition

December 27, 2021 | Read More

Amici Curiae Brief of the New Civil Liberties Alliance & Due Process Institute in Support of Petitioner

November 24, 2021 | Read More


NCLA Amicus Brief Backs Cert Petition Challenging Deference to Sentencing Guidelines Commentary

November 24, 2021 | Read More



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