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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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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 »

Biden Administration Considering Clemency for Non-Violent Drug Offenders... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on September 29, 2021

The New York Times reported that the Biden administration is considering at least one measure to keep some inmates out of prison and on home confinement for the duration of their sentences. President Biden is reportedly considering using his clemency powers to commute the sentences of certain inmates on home confinement who were convicted of non-violent drug offenses. Among other criteria,... Read More »

Department of Justice Announces Investigation Into Conditions of... By Law Offices of Steven P. Berne | Posted on September 29, 2021

The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a statewide civil investigation into conditions of confinement of prisoners held in Georgia’s prisons. “Individuals sentenced to prison in Georgia Department of Corrections facilities deserve to be treated humanely,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine.  “Our office is committed to ensuring state prisoners are safe while serving their sentences.  We... Read More »

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