November 18, 2008
USSC public meeting this week
As detailed in this public notice, a public meeting of the US Sentencing Commission is scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. The public notice reveals that the USSC has a less-than-inspiring formal agenda, including a "Briefing on Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008" and also a "Briefing on Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 and Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act of 2008."
Though the agenda might suggest this public meeting will be a snoozer, this will still be the first formal and public event for the USSC in the wake of the election of a new President and Congress. Though I doubt the USSC will address this coming federal transition in any consequential way — and remember that technically the Commission is housed in the Judicial Branch — astute Commission-watchers may be able to assess changes in tones, attitudes and ambitions in light of new political realities.
Some related recent posts on post-election dynamics:
- Why federal sentencing reformers must focus on the USSC and lower courts
- How a new administration is likely to impact federal sentencing practice
- Are we on the verge of a new changed era concerning federal sentencing law and policy?
- FSR publishes issue on "American Criminal Justice Policy in a 'Change' Election"
Some related older posts on USSC priorities:
- What does the future hold for the US Sentencing Commission?
- USSC proposes latest priorities and requests public comments
- Acquitting and downloading some additional USSC priorities
- New developments or data from the USSC?
- Effective NYU Center letter on USSC priorities
- FAMM suggests priorities for USSC
- Federal defenders provide (lengthy) suggestions to USSC
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