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October 28, 2005

Mark your Booker fix calenders

A few weeks ago I noted growing "Booker fix" buzz, and now I have heard from various folks that in January both the House and the Senate may jump into Booker action come the one-year anniversary of the Booker decision.  Thus, the numerous academic conferences discussing federal sentencing this Fall will be a fitting prelude to possible legislative Booker action this Winter.

In this recent post, I suggested the US Sentencing Commission ought to get out in front by conducting a major public hearing about the post-Booker sentencing world before Congress gets into the act.  However, I surmise that the USSC may just continue its (limited) data releases until it is ready to produce a full Booker report in the Spring.  Let's hope the USSC's Booker report will not end up being a day late and a dollar short. 

Notably, scholarly publications are getting a head start on serious Booker fix talk.  As discussed here and here, the Stanford Law Review is sending to all members of Congress its special symposium issue, which presents "a variety of perspectives on the issues that Congress will likely have to consider in order to reshape the Federal Sentencing Guidelines." 

In addition, now available is the Federal Sentencing Reporter's latest issue asking "Is a Booker Fix Needed?".   Also, as detailed more fully in this post, FSR is now soliciting commentaries, for publication in its December issue, that address the question "How should Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission respond to Booker?".   

If only we could somehow make members of Congress read all the Blakely and Booker academic commentary before moving forward with any legislative proposals...

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camp Fort Dix for a non-violent drug
charge.
He was allowed to travel there un-escorted. He
He and others like him is why they need
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Thanks for all the work you and others
are doing

Posted by: Thelma B. Mason | Oct 28, 2005 11:31:52 PM

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