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December 7, 2007

Do USSC reappointments show support for new crack guidelines?

Intriguingly, this White House press release detailing some new Presidential nominations suggests that George W. Bush is happy with the recent work of the US Sentencing Commission.  Specifically:

Nominations Sent to the Senate

Ricardo H. Hinojosa, of Texas, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2013. (Reappointment)

Ricardo H. Hinojosa, of Texas, to be Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. (Reappointment)

Michael E. Horowitz, of Maryland, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2013. (Reappointment)

Given that the biggest actions of the USSC in recent months have been the new reduced crack guidelines and its apparent interest in allowing that amendment to be applied retroactively, I read these reappointments as an indirect blessing of the USSC's recent progressive reform efforts.

Some recent related crack sentencing posts:

December 7, 2007 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

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Doug,

I basically agree. It's either support or indifference, and operationally it amounts to the same thing.

Bill

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 7, 2007 4:04:14 PM

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