June 3, 2004
PROTECT Act Caselaw
Because there have been a host of interesting and important cases interpreting and commenting upon the provisions of the PROTECT Act, it would be helpful if the US Sentencing Commission would track and publish these caselaw developments. For now we just need to be content with the USSC's October 2003 departure report.
Also, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have done a nice job collecting Feeney Amendment-related materials here.
May 31, 2004
The work of the ABA Kennedy Commission
U.S Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made headlines with this speech to the ABA in August 2003 about the need for major sentencing reforms in the federal system and across the country. For the past 9 months, the Commission that the ABA created to follow up on Justice Kennedy's exhortations have been conducting hearings and working on a report for presentation to the ABA at its upcoming annual meeting. The ABA has now provided on-line some of the testimony submitted during these hearing, and here you can access the November 2003 hearing materials and the February 2004 hearing materials.