Successful Petition for Resentencing for Pro Bono Client

April 4, 2011

Cleary Gottlieb successfully represented Mr. R in his petition for resentencing pursuant to the Drug Law Reform Act of 2009. In 1996, Mr. R was sentenced on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree to twelve and a half to twenty five years each, to run concurrently. Cleary filed a petition for resentencing in June 2010. The parties appeared for a hearing on the petition in November 2010 in New York Supreme Court before Judge Edward J. McLaughlin. Judge McLaughlin granted the petition and resentenced Mr. R to twelve years for each count, to run concurrently, plus two years of post-release supervision. As a result, Mr. R was eligible for release immediately, and he returned home to his family at the end of November 2010.