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RE: UNITED STATES v. JULIUS WILLIAMS-BETHAL

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


November 30, 2010

RE: UNITED STATES
v.
JAMES ANDRE CLARK UNITED STATES
v.
JULIUS WILLIAMS-BETHAL

The opinion of the court was delivered by: David G. Larimer United States District Judge

UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE 100 STATE STREET, ROOM 2500 ROCHESTER, NEW YORK 14614-1324

CHAMBERS OF DAVID G. LARIMER (585) 613-4040 DISTRICT JUDGE FAX (585) 613-4045

November 30, 2009

Dear Counsel:

As you know, the Second Circuit remanded these cases pursuant to United States

v.

Regalado, 518 F.3d 143, based on its prior decision in United States v. Whitley, 529 F.3d 150 (2d Cir. 2008).

We have been delaying resentencing on the remand pending the Government's petition to the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has now, of course, spoken in Abbott v. United States decided November 15, 2010on certiorari from the Third Circuit. It is, therefore, time to deal with the remands ordered in both of these cases. There may be others pending as well.

I ask the Government to take the lead in this and perhaps obtain some advice from the Appellate Section of the Department of Justice. One way to handle this is simply to schedule the matter for resentencing and proceed to impose the same sentence that was previously imposed, including the mandatory 60 month consecutive sentence, required by 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). I suppose if it is a full remand, the Court would have the ability to consider all matters anew pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a).

It seems to me another way to avoid a remand is for the Government to petition the Second Circuit to vacate its decisions which were based on Whitley, 529 F.3d 150, which has now been overruled by the Supreme Court's Abbott decision. These convictions were otherwise affirmed.

Douglas E. Gregory, et al. Page 2 November 30, 2010

I request the Government to respond to this letter within twenty (20) days and will afford defense counsel ten (10) days thereafter to reply.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Very truly yours,

20101130

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