No. 22-5845.

87 F.4th 321 (2023)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Clarence GOODWIN, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Decided and Filed: November 28, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ON BRIEF: Jennifer Niles Coffin , FEDERAL DEFENDER SERVICES OF EASTERN TENNESSEE, INC., Knoxville, Tennessee, for Appellant. Debra A. Breneman , UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Knoxville, Tennessee, for Appellee.

MURPHY, J., delivered the opinion of the court in which NALBANDIAN, J., joined. WHITE, J. (pp. 330-36), delivered a separate dissenting opinion.


In 2009, Clarence Goodwin received a 262-month sentence—one at the bottom of his guidelines range—for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. The First Step Act of 2018 allowed defendants like Goodwin to seek a lower sentence based on changes to the sentencing laws that occurred after their...

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