BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Matthew Wayne Dietrich

Posted by on May 29, 2009 in Case Law Summaries, Sentence Modifications, sentencing |

Commonwealth v. Matthew Wayne Dietrich J-61-2009 (5/27/2009) Topic: Restitution – Amending a Restitution Order Summary: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that a restitution order that sets an amount of restitution and states that the order is subject to later modification is not invalid. Further, under 18 Pa.C.S.A. Section 1106(c)(3), a court may modify restitution at any time, but the reasons for the modification must be stated on...

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Commentary: Pardons and Commutations are not the same thing

Posted by on Nov 27, 2008 in Pardons, Sentence Modifications |

On Monday, President Bush released a list of pardons and commutations. It is important to realize that pardons and commutations are not the same. A pardon eliminates the original conviction, basically making it as though the person had never committed the crime. A commutation reduces or modifies the punishment, but the conviction remains. For more information, go to: http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3339765&page=1 Share this:Click to...

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In the News: President commutes sentences for two charged with cocaine offenses

Posted by on Nov 27, 2008 in High Profile Cases, Mandatory Sentence, Pardons, Sentence Modifications |

On Monday, November 24, 2008, President George W. Bush commuted the sentences for John Forte and Russell Harris. Forte and Harris were both convicted of cocaine offenses and subject to mandatory minimum sentences under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Forte is known as a member of hip-hop’s Refugee Camp. His best known work is on the Refugee Camp All-Star’s “We Trying to Stay Alive.” Carly Simon and her son, Ben...

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