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November 10, 2004

The next US Attorney General

According to press reports here and here, Alberto Gonzales will replace John Ashcroft as attorney general.  As I noted last night here, the modern story of federal sentencing — from the Feeney Amendment to Blakely and Booker/Fanfan — is a major part of legacy of Ashcroft's tenure as head of the Justice Department.  It will be very interesting to watch how Gonzales, who will be the first Hispanic attorney general, will deal with the Blakely mess and other federal sentencing issues.

November 10, 2004 at 02:12 PM | Permalink

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I am ok with him taking over and agree that it would be intersteing to see how he handles Blakely.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 10, 2004 3:01:30 PM

Isn't this the guy who wrote a controversial February 2002 memo in which Bush claimed the right to waive anti-torture laws and international treaties providing protections to prisoners of war. THAT doesn't bode well for any of us.

Posted by: bob | Nov 10, 2004 7:15:38 PM

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