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November 27, 2008

Sentencing thanks and holiday reform wishes...

My only post today will be this one expressing thanks for the various developments and forces that are now converging to make me hopeful (though not yet fully optimistic) that the United States is on the cusp of a new era of sentencing law and policy in which "smart-on-crime" reforms will slowly undo some of the "tough-on-crime" excesses of the last quarter-century. 

For anyone visiting this blog during a break from turkey and stuffing, I hope you might use the comments to express either sentencing thanks or holiday sentencing reform wishes.  Sadly, there are lots of depressing stories that surround modern sentencing law and policy.  Thus I am eager for readers to help me kick off this holiday season with thanks for effective sentencings past and hopes for a better sentencing future.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

November 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM | Permalink


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Thanks for posting the article by Judge Michael Wolff which was recently published in the NYU Law Review. You posted a previous article by Judge Wolff from the Ohio State Law Review (about a year ago) which was also very insightful. I first met the author 34 years years ago at St. Louis University Law School. We worked together in a legal clinic where the clients were confined to a mental hospital and and posed many complex and difficult legal issues for the budding new lawyers to unravel and sometimes solve.

Those of you who are interested in the Confrontation Clause will enjoy reading a decision authored by Judge Wolff styled: State v. Justus, 205 S.W.3d 872 (Mo.Sup. 2006). This is absolutely one of the best cases analyzing the Crawford decision and its applicability in state courts.

Posted by: mpb | Nov 29, 2008 7:20:07 PM

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