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Prisoner Exchange Brings Home American Vet From Iran and Allows Iranian-American Doctor to Visit Iran

On June 4th, 2020, the government of Iran released an American citizen who had been held in custody for two years. Michael R. White, a Navy veteran who has acute asthma and throat cancer, was near the beginning of a ten-year prison sentence for privacy violations and insulting Iran’s supreme leader after he had gone to Iran to visit an Iranian woman he met on the internet.

The release was part of a prisoner exchange negotiated between the governments of the United States and Iran with the help of Swiss diplomats since the U.S. and Iran do not have formal diplomatic relations and have not for the past 40 years. In exchange for Mr. White, the U.S. agreed to release Matteo (Majid) Taheri, an Iranian-American doctor who had been living in Florida and the Atlanta area for many years. Dr. Taheri was convicted of export violations in 2018. As part of the deal, Dr. Taheri will now be permitted to visit Iran.

Steven P. Berne, attorney for Dr. Taheri, described the outcome as a “happy ending for all” in this culmination of months of negotiation.

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Updates to Federal Sentencing Guidelines By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on August 31, 2023

The 2023 amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines included a wide range of changes including some that will have a substantial impact on the lives of many defendants and federal inmates. The Sentencing Commission also implemented many technical adjustments that are beyond the scope of this brief article. For our purposes, we want to highlight the amended rules that are... Read More »

The Federal First Step Act of 2018 has... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on July 12, 2023

All eligible persons earn 10 days of FSA Time Credits for every 30 days of successful participation in evidence-based recidivism reduction (EBRR) programs or productive activities (PAs) that BOP has recommended based on risk & needs assessment. Persons in min/low risk categories who “over 2 consecutive assessments” have not increased their risk category shall earn “an additional 5 days of... Read More »

What Do Federal Firearms Offenses Really Look Like? By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on July 19, 2022

The Sentencing Commission released a new report regarding federal firearm offenses. The report primarily looks at the kinds of sentences imposed on firearm offenders, including the Guidelines for more firearm offenses under USSG 2K2.1. The report includes data on recidivism rates, penalties, offender demographics, propensity for violence, etc.   20220714_Firearms Read More »

Department of Justice (DOJ) Releases Annual First Step... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on May 18, 2022

Department of Justice (DOJ) Releases Annual First Step Act Report. As reflected in the report, as of January 2022, there were 76, 399 inmates participating in programs that award earned time credits, 6,100 of those inmates were released, and of the 9,791 inmates released under the FSA, only 15% re-offended. This recidivism rate is significantly lower than the average rate... Read More »

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