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April 22, 2005

Still more voices speaking out against brewing Booker fix

This afternoon I received copies of two more letters addressed to the House Judiciary Committee expressing opposition to the Booker fix and drug sentencing provisions of H.R. 1528 (basics here, commentary here and here and here). These letters, both of which are available for download below, come (1) from the Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups, and (2) from 32 former U.S. Attorneys and DOJ officials. 

Both of these letters spotlight problems with specific aspects of H.R. 1528 and more broadly echo the "go slow" sentiments expressed by so many in the wake of Booker.  They also join the opposition to H.R. 1528 already expressed by Families Against Mandatory Minimums and Frank Bowman and Jim Felman and a large group of law professors and the US Sentencing Commission.

Download business_letter_re_hr_1528.pdf

Download former_usadoj_re_hr_1528.pdf

UPDATEI have also now received, and make available for download below, a two page document expressing opposition to the Booker fix provisions from the ABA entitled "Position Paper of the American Bar Association Regarding Section 12 of HR 1528."  Among its interesting features, this ABA document includes a section that directly responds to some of the potentially misleading rhetoric in the document reportedly developed by Representative Sensenbrenner's office about the Booker fix discussed in this post last week.

Download aba_hr1528_position_paper.pdf

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Is anyone willing to say that the kinds of substantive sentences proposed by this bill are way, way too high? Why not?

Posted by: David in NY | Apr 22, 2005 2:56:00 PM

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