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June 16, 2010

In the Big Easy at USSC conference to talk about whether departures are going to be easier

GumboI made the trek this morning down to New Orleans to attend this year's Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines presented by the US Sentencing Commission.  The full agenda of the with seminar information concerning all the festivities is available at this link

I will have the honor and pleasure of being on a terrific panel to talk about departures and variances at the conference on Thursday, and I am already looking forward to hearing what everybody has to say about whether traditional departures will be more common if/when the Sentencing Commission's new pro-departure offender characteristic policy statements become effective in November. 

As SCOTUS fans know, the Justices are scheduled to hand some opinions down tomorrow morning just as this USSC conferences gets revved up.  Why do I have a feeling that this fortunity of timing means that SCOTUS will hand down the Dillon crack retroactivity ruling tomorrow morning? 

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Prof. Berman: Please do us all the favor of not drifting more than a block away from the tourist and convention facilities. We do not want you to run into one of the subjects of your seminar, but on the loose.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 16, 2010 3:14:09 PM

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