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May 8, 2013

Senate hearings scheduled this afternnon for two of Prez Obama's USSC nominees

As detailed on this official Senate Judiciary Committee webpage, today at 2:30pm there is a scheduled a hearing on "Nominations" which includes the nomination of "William H. Pryor, Jr., to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission" and "Rachel Elise Barkow, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission."

Regular readers may recall from this prior post that I am very excited about all three of the new nominees to fill open spots on the USSC. I am thus thrilled to see two of these nominees get a hearing only a few weeks after their nomination, but also a bit puzzled about why US District Judge Charles Breyer is not also having a hearing. (As a matter of pure speculation, I am inclined to guess that Judge Breyer's nomination is more controversial perhaps because of his brother's status as a sitting Supreme Court Justice.)

Because I will be on the road all afternoon, I will not be able to follow closely this scheduled hearing, but others can watch it live via this link.  I am eager to hear reports on whether the questioning of these two nominees are tough or sweet, as well as whether their views on the import and importance of federalism concerns come up.  (I would also love to see Senators Leahy and Paul ask the nominees whether they share my perspective on the proposed Justice Safetly Valve Act of 2013.)

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All are people who cannot utter the V word without choking. This uniformity of background, this VFL and its male running dog are sickening. They will coddle the criminals, except for the white male, productive defendant, caught in this Inquisitorial 2.0 farce on a lawyer gotcha for violating one of an infinity of regulations, as every person in the US is doing every day they breathe.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 8, 2013 9:44:46 PM

Top of the class at Harvard Law. Article on LWOP. It is her hope for reform. Not one word about past or future victims. Not one word about the self-evident, that LWOP is an absolutely immune license to kill, with less oversight than that of James Bond. Yes, top of the class, yes, sentencing commission, nevertheless a total dumbass blind to the self evident. The reason government is so stupid is that it is managed by lawyer dumbasses, almost without exception. Too smart to express her real agenda as a VFL, she is presenting as a technical, apolitical person. Her feminist views must be interrogated, and then she must be rejected for this responsible position. During the hearings have a marshal physically force her mouth to utter the V word.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1848069

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 8, 2013 9:57:43 PM

To her credit, Barkow opposes the federalization of local crime.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1559251

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 8, 2013 9:59:53 PM

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