Anderson v. United States Case Brief

Facts of the Case

Defendant was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape while armed, armed assault on a police officer, and two counts of first degree armed burglary. His convictions were affirmed with instructions to vacate one burglary conviction on the basis of double jeopardy. He filed numerous post-trial motions, including two to recuse the trial judge, which were denied. He appealed rather than seeking a writ of mandamus. The decision of the trial court denying defendant’s request for disqualification or recusal of trial judge was affirmed, as defendant provided no basis for the necessity for the judge to recuse himself.


Does a federal judge have the authority to reduce a criminal sentence after the U.S. Sentencing Commission amends the Sentencing Guidelines if the judge has already accepted a plea agreement?



Case Information

Citation: 417 US 211 (1974)
Argued: Mar 19, 1974
Decided: Jun 3, 1974
Case Brief: 1974