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August 11, 2005

The shape of the post-Booker universe

Thanks to law.com, you can access this interesting article from Texas Lawyer entitled "Survey Reveals Little Change in Sentencing Habits After Booker."  The article draws on US Sentencing Commission data and interviews to spotlight "that federal trial judges across the country largely have been sentencing criminals within guideline range ... since the Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 ruling in Booker."

The article does a nice job providing context for the USSC's post-Booker sentencing data, although the national data discussed in the article comes from an older data report from last month rather than the latest, greatest USSC data released earlier this week.  Interestingly, the article discusses some district-specific post-Booker data — apparently from a report that "was presented in July for a U.S. Border Conference meeting" — that I do not believe has been made generally available to the public.

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Two things come to mind. (1)It may be too soon. (2) The concept of "going rate" might apply,
namely, agreed upon punishments no matter whatthe law technically might require.

[btw the post box runs off the page making it hard to post]

Posted by: Joe | Aug 13, 2005 2:47:03 PM

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