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News Posted on September 22, 2017

Professor Chin Wins Reduced Sentence for Client in Ninth Circuit Appeal

Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin succeeded in securing a reduced sentence for his client in USA v. Jaymar Jamerson, a case in which Chin presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, appealing a 235-month sentence for drug trafficking. (Video of the argument is available on YouTube.)  Professor Chin was co-counsel in the case with attorneys from the Federal Defender’s Office, including David Porter ’86.

The Ninth Circuit agreed with Chin’s contention that the district court erred in selecting its method of approximating the weight of drugs the appellant possessed and should have used an equally reliable method that would have resulted in a lower sentence. The case was remanded to the district court for resentencing, and earlier this month, by agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office, the client was resentenced to 136 months.

Gabriel "Jack" Chin is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law and holder of the Edward L. Barrett Endowed Chair at UC Davis School of Law. He is a prolific and much-cited criminal and immigration law scholar whose work has addressed many of the most pressing social issues of our time.