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53 CRIMINAL JUSTICE Winter 2008 Securing the Best Placement and Earliest Release At sentencing, most defense attorneys rightly focus on guideline objections, departures, and variances. They want to make sure not only that the sentencing guideline range comes out as low as possible, but also that the court is persuaade by any arguments for a sentence below the bottom of that range. Although working for the lowest possible sentence is the defense lawyer’s most important job, defense counsel should...