Memo to defense attorneys everywhere: You've got a friend in Attorney General Bill Barr.
The tough-on-crime face the guy puts on is just an act. In reality, Barr is on your side. In fact, it was on his orders that the Justice Department last week advanced a remarkably pro-defendant position in the prosecution of Roger Stone"a position just waiting for countless defense lawyers around the country to try to exploit in their own cases.
Got a client who's old or in not-so-great health? Barr wants to help.
Got a non-violent client whose sentencing enhancement factors under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines would "disproportionately escalate [his or her] sentencing exposure to an offense level" associated with violent crime? Barr cares.
Did your client's victim minimize the threat your client posed to him? Barr wants the courts to take account of that in sentencing.