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October 19, 2005

FSR call for Booker commentary

Completed around the six-month anniversary of the Booker decision, the latest issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter asks "Is a Booker Fix Needed?".  As a follow up to this important question, and with the one-year anniversary of Booker on the horizon, the Federal Sentencing Reporter is now soliciting commentaries addressing the question "How should Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission respond to Booker?".  Available for download below is a short document with some background on this topic and project, and here is the essence:

After the Supreme Court's Booker decision in January, many commentators urged Congress to allow the advisory guideline system created by Booker to remain in place for a year "to give it a chance to work" and to allow sufficient time to evaluate its efficacy.  This suggested observation period is coming to a close, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter is soliciting short commentaries (under 2000 words) addressing what Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission should do now.

FSR is eager to hear from many persons representing a wide variety of perspectives, and commentaries might address, for example, how Congress and the USSC should assess the efficacy and justice of federal sentencing after Booker or what should be the focal points of the USSC planned Booker report.  Thoughtful and well-written commentaries received by November 15 will be slated for publication in FSR's December 2005 Issue; those received by January 9 will be slated to appear in FSR's February 2006 Issue.

For more information, contact me at this link and download this document: Download fsr_call_for_booker_commentary.rtf.  Also, related "Booker fix" food-for-thought can found throughout the blog and especially in posts linked below:

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