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February 18, 2005

Giddy with anticipation...

I am back in (chilly) Ohio, and was pleased to discover upon my return that it has been a relatively calm Booker day, at least so far.  But recalling that the last two Fridays brought a lot of late day Booker circuit action (examples from last week are here and here, from the prior week here and here), I suppose I should be prepared to get on-line late tonight to find the day has not in fact been all that quiet.

While getting prepared, I am already a bit giddy with anticipation for next week's possible jurisprudential fireworks.  On the Booker front, with a long weekend to polish opinions, I suspect we might see next week some more notable lower federal court rulings.  And, adding to the excitement, the SCOTUS folks are back in business with arguments scheduled next week, the expected announcement of some cert. grants, and the possibility of some more opinions.  (Of course, I am watching for decisions in Roper v. Simmons, the juvenile death penalty case, or Shepard v. US, the criminal history case.)

Beyond court action, this calender here details a number of interesting Booker events taking place next week.  And today I can add to the list a Washington Legal Foundation Panel Discussion entitled "The Future of Federal Sentencing: 'Reasonable' Judicial Discretion or Congressional Intervention?" taking place on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9am in Washington DC.  More details about the event can be found here, and I am already looking forward to watching the webcast.

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