No. 98-3002.

158 F.3d 1291 (1998)

UNITED STATES of America, Appellant, v. Dennis ROBINSON, Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided October 6, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William F. Gould, Assistant United States Attorney, argued the cause for appellant, with whom Wilma A. Lewis, United States Attorney, John R. Fisher and Mary-Patrice Brown, Assistant United States Attorneys, were on the briefs. Thomas J. Tourish, Jr., Assistant United States Attorney, entered an appearance.

Gerald I. Fisher, appointed by the Court, argued the cause and filed the brief for appellee.

Before: WALD, WILLIAMS and TATEL, Circuit Judges.


Dennis Robinson pleaded guilty to distributing 60 grams of crack cocaine, an offense which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 120 months. The district court found that Robinson was eligible for reduced sentencing under the "safety valve" provision of 18 U.S.C. § 3553(f) and U.S.S.G. § 5C1.2, which allows a certain class of defendants to be sentenced below the mandatory minimum otherwise applicable...

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