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Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 2, 2012

Judge resists label as toughest in Nevada
By Carri Geer Thevenot

New statistics show that Hunt may be the toughest federal judge in Nevada when it comes to punishing criminals. Data compiled earlier this year by a New York-based research organization resulted in the first judge-by-judge review of federal sentences and showed that Hunt imposed the highest median sentence, 36 months, of 10 U.S. district judges in Nevada over a recent five-year period. Hunt sentenced 326 defendants during that period, from fiscal 2007 through fiscal 2011. "The fact that one judge's median may be higher than another judge's median does not necessarily mean that judge is a harsher sentencer," Hunt said recently. The data was collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The median sentence was calculated by ordering sentences from lowest to highest, and selecting the middle sentence from the list. A report from the research center, which was established in 1989, used the data to examine sentencing variations within federal judicial districts across the country. It did not reveal large sentencing disparities in the district of Nevada, where federal judges most often impose sentences on deported immigrants who have illegally re-entered the country.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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