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March 3, 2006

Another call for FSR commentary

As detailed here, a few months ago the Federal Sentencing Reporter solicited commentaries addressing the question "How should Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission respond to Booker?".  Some terrific pieces on that question will be published in FSR Issue 18.3 in the next few weeks.  And now, FSR is on to the next great hot sentencing topic, and my co-editor Nora Demleitner has issued this new call for commentary:

The Supreme Court is about to tackle a host of major sentencing issues in the death and non-death area.  Some have argued that the death penalty cases before the Court may herald the end of capital punishment in the United States; others view them merely as minor skirmishes.  As two stalwart opponents of Blakely and Booker have departed from the Court, the question arises whether the Court's new majority will continue to undermine guideline regimes, or rather restore a precarious equilibrium. 

A forthcoming issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter (FSR) invites you to submit a short essay arguing to the newly composed Court what should be done about sentencing in state and federal systems.  You may write on specific questions in the death or non-death area, or assist the Court in understanding the challenges the Court's jurisprudence has presented to the criminal justice system and especially the lower courts.  Alternatively, you may focus on the importance of the Court's sentencing jurisprudence in its power struggle with Congress, or analyze the role of the Chief Justice in the administration of criminal justice.  Since the members of the Judiciary Committee questioned neither of the two new Justices extensively about their position on sentencing, you should not attempt to determine how Justice Alito or Chief Justice Roberts may rule but instead you should view these essays as short amicus briefs in which you highlight issues on which neither they nor other members of the Court are likely to have focused.

Please contact Nora V. Demleitner at this link if you are interested in writing for this Issue. Submissions should be short — between 800 and 1,500 words.  Keep footnotes to a minimum.  The deadline for submissions is April 3, 2006.

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