Today, the USCA for the 6th Circuit in United States v. Collins considered a case wherein the trial judge, at the conclusion of a jury trial, and after the jury returned a verdict of guilty, polled the jury to see what they thought a “just punishment” was for the Defendant. This was a case of first impression for the 6th Circuit. Federal Court criminal practitioners will find this opinion educational. It has been recommended for full publication. The link to the full opinion is found below. It is interesting to note that one of the reasons for his actions was that the trial judge wanted to see what the “community view” was of a “just punishment” and he incorporated that into his 3553 analysis of the appropriate punishment.
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