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February 7, 2005

Hearings and more hearings

As noted previously here, this Thursday the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security has scheduled an Oversight Hearing on "The Implications of the Booker/Fanfan Decisions for the Federal Sentencing Guidelines."   As you can now see from this page, the four persons scheduled to testify are Professor Frank Bowman, former Associate Deputy AG Daniel Collins, USSC Chair Ricardo Hinojosa, and Assistant AG Christopher Wray. 

If time permits, I hope to provide a "viewer guide" to these House hearings in the coming days (as well as links to any written testimony if and when it is available).  For now, I can just wonder out loud about how many of these witnesses may advocate the Bowman fix and whether they will advocate it as a permanent or only a temporary fix.

Meanwhile, as detailed here, the US Sentencing Commission now has up its official notice concerning the public meeting and hearings it will be conducting next week.  As the notice explains, the "purpose of the public hearings, entitled 'U.S. v. Booker/Fanfan and the Impact on Federal Sentencing', is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses on the present and potential future effect of the Supreme Court’s decision on the federal criminal justice community."

I am fairly sure we will be hearing more from the USSC in the days ahead about who it will be inviting to testify.  I am hoping to be able to attend all of the USSC festivities in person next week (which means, of course, that I will be blathering on about all that transpires in this space).

February 7, 2005 at 05:40 PM | Permalink

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I'll actually be attending and taperecording the hearings (at both the House and the USSC) and could provide you with recaps, if you'd like.

Tara Kelly

Posted by: Tara | Feb 7, 2005 8:53:53 PM

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