The following 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion was posted after IL deadline on Monday:
United States of America v. William G. Curtis
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. Senior Judge James T. Moody.
Criminal. Affirms the district court’s decision to refuse consideration of resentencing William G. Curtis for firearms-related sentences under the Fair Step Act. Finds a district court does have authority under the act to reduce an aggregate sentence, even if part of the sentence rests on offenses that are not covered by the act nor grouped with a covered offense. Also finds the district court’s error in assuming it lacked authority was harmless. Finally, finds Curtis’ consecutive sentences for firearms-related convictions were distinct and disaggregated from his drug conspiracy-related sentences.