Court Cannot Reduce Federal Prison Sentence Due to Illness
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Caldwell v. United States
The plaintiff was diagnosed with leukemia after being sentenced to a year in prison. The court has no authority to modify his sentence to let him serve it at home. The diagnosis does not constitute newly discovered evidence that would entitle him to a new trial. He has no deliberate indifference claim--after all, he saw a doctor twice in the first four months of his incarceration--and even if he did, the remedy would be damages or an injunction, not serving his sentence at home. See: Caldwell v. United States, 992 F.Supp. 363 (S.D.N.Y. 1998).