As an investigator with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, you are assisting Assistant Federal Defender Lilly Jones with gathering background information on offender
Ben Smith, who pled guilty to distribution of a controlled substance (5 kilograms of cocaine). Mr. Smith is being sentenced next month.
In a 2–3-page paper, provide an overview of the following:
What
sentence is required in this case based on the federal sentencing
guidelines?
Why were the federal sentencing guidelines developed, and what is their purpose?
In your opinion, do the guidelines
allow judges enough discretion when imposing a sentence in this type of case?
Should judges have more or less discretion when it comes to sentencing?
What are the 3 most important things Ms. Jones should tell the judge at sentencing about Mr. Smith to aid in sentencing?

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