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July 9, 2009

Fascinating new TRAC report on Judge Sotomayor's sentencing record

The folks at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) hav produced a fascintaing report on the sentencing patterns of Judge Sotomayor when she was a district judge.  This TRAC press release describes the report as a "first-of-its kind analysis of the sentences imposed by Judge Sonia Sotomayor during her six years as a federal trial judge," which was developed based on "records concerning more than 7,000 cases handled by the 52 federal judges who served in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) from FY 1993 to FY 1998." 

The full report is available at this link, and here is how it starts:

A case-by-case examination of the sentences imposed by Judge Sonia Sotomayor during her six years as a trial judge in the Southern District of New York has determined that she was more likely than her colleagues to send a person to prison.  As shown in Figure 1, this was particularly true for convicted white-collar criminals.

This chart provides more of the statistical particulars, and it confirms my sense that the relatively leniency of all white-collar sentences from FY1993 to FY1998 is even more notable than the fact that Judge Sotomayor was, on average, slightly tougher at sentencing than her Southern District colleagues. 

Specifically, the TRAC data indicate that during this period, the median white-collar sentence was no prison time(!) and roughly 90% of all white-collar offenders in the Southern District of New York got a sentence of less than two-years imprisonment.  In contrast, the median drug sentence during this period was four years in prison and nearly 70% of all drug offenders in this district got a sentence of more than two-years imprisonment.

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As stated repeatedly. Racist.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 9, 2009 4:47:49 PM

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Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 9, 2009 10:08:09 PM

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