Sentencing Memoranda, Department of Justice

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit of the United States of America.
Tracking #

EMRUFOIA051517- 2

Est. Completion None


From: Brian Freskos

Dear Records Officer,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

During criminal court proceedings, the Government and the Defendant commonly submit Sentencing Memorandums to the court. These Memoranda are often accompanied by exhibits, including letters and other records, that the federal judge may take into consideration when making a sentencing determination. I have attached one Sentencing Memorandum to this request for your reference. Often, Sentencing Memoranda are available on Public Access To Court Electronic Records, otherwise known as PACER. However, such is not the case in the District of New Jersey.

Therefore, I am requesting access to and copies of any and all Sentencing Memoranda for the following six cases, to include Sentencing Memoranda from the Government as well as the Defendant:

Defendant Name: WITCHER, DANTE
Court: njdce
Case: 1:2015-cr-00557
Date Filed: 10/27/2015
Date Closed: 9/28/2016

Defendant Name: POTTS, DAVID T.
Court: njdce
Case: 1:2016-cr-00133
Date Filed: 3/17/2016
Date Closed: 4/10/2017

Defendant Name: EDWARDS, LAVAR
Court: njdce
Case: 1:2015-cr-00595
Date Filed: 11/19/2015
Date Closed: 4/26/2016

Defendant Name: VELAZQUEZ, ROBBY
Court: njdce
Case: 1:2015-cr-00339
Date Filed: 7/08/2015
Date Closed: 12/22/2015

Court: njdce
Case: 1:2015-cr-00309
Date Filed: 6/23/2015
Date Closed: 10/02/2015

Defendant Name: MATOS, ORLANDO
Court: njdce
Case: 1:2015-cr-00247
Date Filed: 5/27/2015
Date Closed: 9/10/2015

I am a reporter for The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit news media organization headquartered in New York City. I am making this request using MuckRock's public records management service, which I use to better track my requests. As a member of the news media, I will be making information obtained from the requested documents available to the general public; this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

If an email attachment is not available, or if you need to send any records or correspondence using standard mail, please send them to the following address:

The Trace
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Brian Freskos
(919) 522-6354

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA051517-2.

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached original response to your FOIA request.