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April 15, 2005

More potent criticisms of H.R. 1528

The rapid movement of H.R. 1528, the drug sentencing bill which includes the Booker fix provisions (basics here, commentary here and linked here), through the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security has perhaps made it hard for all those concerned with federal sentencing to speak up about the bill.  But, in addition to Professor Frank Bowman's letter dissecting and assailing the Booker-inspired provisions of H.R. 1528 (Section 12), which is available here, others are starting to weigh in with criticisms of the bill.

FAMM has this new information about the H.R. 1528 and all of its disconcerting sentencing provisions, and TalkLeft now has this extended post focused on the drug sentencing components of H.R. 1528.  In addition, Jim Felman has given me permission to post the text of an e-mail he sent to the House staff which astutuely analyzes and critiques the Booker fix provisions of H.R. 1528.  (I put the text in a separate document which can be downloaded below.)

As it explains here, FAMM expects the full House Judiciary Committee to vote on H.R. 1528 as early as next week, and thus there is no time to waste for folks eager to weigh in on this bill.  I am hoping the US Sentencing Commission, as well as members of the judiciary, will be able to share their views ASAP about this bill.  Indeed, I think the Justice Department also ought to have some official position on the Booker fix provisions, which I suspect has some terms that even federal prosecutors won't like.

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Here we go again......one step forward, two steps back!

Posted by: Concerned | Apr 15, 2005 10:51:03 AM

How far have we drifted from "no victim-- no crime!"?

If the drug war isn't yet on par with the holocaust, this thing shoves it hard in that direction.

Posted by: Richard Steeb | May 9, 2005 5:01:29 PM

I am only a small business owner who hates the police state. I want to share a couple of my poems and invite u to visit www.thecoolcatnet

The War on Drugs

The war on drugs, just like the witch hunts, prohibition, and the holocaust creates one hell of a lot of job opportunities for conmen and thugs.

Groovy man

by the Cool Cat

Poetry About Home Friends Store


Where in the hell is the free world?

It sure in the the hell ain't here.

This is the kind of place where you can get popped for riding around in your own car with an open bottle of beer.

Our ancestors came to America, because they wanted to be free; but the America of their descendants has become more and more just another Goddamned police state, not a hell of a lot different than Red China or Iran, as far as I can see.

It wouldn't suprise me if they made a law making it illegal to take a pee.

And I can just imagine some bogus politician answering a question on tv, saying,"My opponent urinates frequently, but NEVER me."

Groovy man


Those that would deny a person's inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which certainly includes the right to get high, as well as the right to die, are the same bogus bastards who have the gall to make speeches about freedom every 4th of July.

Groovy man

by the Cool Cat


The happiest days of my life have been spent in altered states of mind, that made me feel Divine.

But later when I came down to Earth; I realized that to relational reality it also made me blind, because I had left duality behind.

But I was having such a hell of a good time tripping, that I didn't mind.

Groovy man

by the Cool Cat

Table of Content

4th of JULY

This is the fourth of July.

Two hundred and twentysix years ago, our forefathers declared in effect that if they couldn't be free, they would rather die.

But these days in the States, land of the free has become more and more of a cruelty joke and a lie.

I think it is time for another revolution .I think it is time to get rid of the tyrants, or at least give it one hell of a Goddamned try.

Groovy man

by the Cool Cat

Posted by: tom smith | May 11, 2005 9:07:46 PM

I wanted to agree with Mr Steebe about war on drugs and the holocaust. I bet more people have been imprisoned by war on drugs than the holocaust.Killing a lot of them wouldnt hlp the corrections officers union, correction corporations, or construction companies that build prisons.

Posted by: tom smith | May 11, 2005 9:13:24 PM

Nice post, Smith.
You're right...we have
all heard about the
Military-Industrial Complex,
welcome to the Drug Court
Industrial Complex.
When you have conspicuous
prosecution--follow the
Money Trail!!
The prisons are making tons off this crap.

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