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May 24, 2005

Huge Booker conference in SF (and another data call)

Tomorrow brings the start, in San Francisco, of the Fourteenth Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, co-sponsored by the US Sentencing Commission and the Federal Bar Association.  Basic details about the event are here at the USSC's webpage, and the whole event brochure is available here

As detailed in the brochure, this Seminar is bringing together many, many folks who are really in-the-know about Booker.  Because of a prior commitment, I am going back to Old Nassau instead of heading out to the Bay City.  (I am quite bummed about missing this big Booker event, but I am hopeful that folks attending the Seminar might send me reports about interesting developments.)

The development I am most eagerly awaiting is the release by the US Sentencing Commission of up-to-date post-Booker data.  It has now been almost a full two months since the USSC's last data run, and that likely means new numbers will include a lot more sentencings.  Also, I am hoping that the USSC might soon provide more specific data than just a "total cases" report; as discussed here and here and elsewhere, I would really like to start seeing some post-Booker circuit data and also some district-by-district or crime-by-crime parsing of the district court data.

Especially now that the SG has urged the Supreme Court to grant cert on the Booker plain error issue (details here), post-Booker circuit data is of even greater importance.  The number of Booker pipeline cases, and the movement to date of cases through the pipeline, seem like relevant considerations as SCOTUS contemplates how and when to jump back into the Booker fray.

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