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June 30, 2009

Latest FSR issue, "On the Shoulders of Giants," now available on-line

I am very pleased to report that the latest issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter is available on-line.  The issue is titled "On the Shoulders of Giants," and Professors Steven Chanenson and Marc Miller were the the chief editors who assembled a great set of articles honoring the gigantic sentencing reform work done by Marvin Frankel and Daniel Freed and Norval Morris in their careers.

The Table of Connects for this latest FSR issue can be accessed at this link, and all the articles are available electronically here .  (A full subscription to the Federal Sentencing Reporter can be ordered on-line here.)  Here is a portion of the Editors' Notes that preview the issue and notes the event that inspired it:

This issue celebrates a professional milestone for this journal and expresses the personal joy of long and close friendships for those of us at the Federal Sentencing Reporter.

In August 2008, in our twentieth year of publication, FSR cosponsored our first symposium in honor of sentencing giants Daniel J. Freed and Norval R. Morris.  This issue adds coverage of sentencing giant Judge Marvin Frankel.  The symposium was integrated into the Annual Conference of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC), which benefited at that time from the able leadership of Jack O’Connell, Jr., the long-serving director of the Delaware Statistical Analysis Center.  The symposium could not have happened without the full partnership and support of three institutions — NASC, our intellectual home and publishing partner the Vera Institute of Justice (in New York), and the excellent Stanford Criminal Justice Center.

The Stanford Criminal Justice Center, based at Stanford Law School, is run by the brilliant team of Bob Weisberg and Kara Dansky.  Working from a sustained effort to fix California’s troubled systems of sentencing and punishment, they have made the search for wisdom in other systems and through the interaction of scholars, legislators, judges, and other policy actors a hallmark of the center. Weisberg and Dansky recognized that this approach echoes through the careers of Freed and Morris.

It was particularly fitting for the NASC Conference to be the setting for these remarks.  NASC is a unique organization that comprises people interested in sentencing and includes members and staff of sentencing commissions, judges, public officials, lawyers, academics, and other practitioners. It is one of the few places where people from these varied — but interdependent — backgrounds meet and exchange ideas. Most of the contributions in this issue stem from this symposium.

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If there is anyone in this field who is not giant, I am interested in their views. So far, these giants have the criminal law in utter failure in every single one of its self-stated goals. I strongly urge them to get education credits, and to qualify for their true calling, as high school history teachers.

And as to the Vera Institute, aw come on, Professor, this is ridiculous.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Institute_of_Justice

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 30, 2009 1:01:00 PM

Prof, how much more proof do you need? Reasonable people are reluctant to post because of the personal invective that lurks around every corner. Close or moderate the comments the way Leiter does.

Posted by: Close 'em | Jun 30, 2009 9:56:33 PM

Instead of objecting to loving lawyer criticism, how about a little noise about the utter failure of the criminal law, the tens of millions of crimes everywhere but in lawyer neighborhoods? What about noise about the appalling rate of false convictions? What about the lawyer core doctrines' being supernatural, Medieval garbage from 1250 AD? What about government's doing nothing well expect collect the lawyer rent at the point of a gun? What about growing up a little and ending the denial state of the lawyer, "the best legal system in the world?" It sucks all the way up and down at its self-stated goals. It excels by its true but unstated goal, to generate income for the lawyer criminal cult enterprise. This criminal cult is so good, it indoctrinates student into its garbage supernatural core doctrines. And the student has never felt it, doesn't even know why his entire thinking and speech has changed.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 1, 2009 1:58:34 AM

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