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Criminal Practice – Sentence reduction statute’s exhaustion requirement is not jurisdictional (access required)

Although 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A) requires a defendant to exhaust his administrative remedies before seeking a sentence reduction in federal court, because the requirement was a non-jurisdictional claim-processing rule, it could be waived or forfeited. Background Saeed Abdul Muhammad moved the district court for a sentence reduction pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), asserting that his increased ...

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