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December 19, 2006

All the amazing top-side briefs in Claiborne and Rita

As discussed here and here, the first sets of briefs were filed yesterday in Claiborne and Rita, the SCOTUS Booker reasonableness cases to be argued in February.  I am now pleased to report that the New York Council of Defense Lawyers has assembled, on this wonderful webpage, lots of background on the two cases, as well as links and summaries of all the briefs filed so far.

There is a lot of amazing information about the realities of federal sentencing on the NYCDL page — perhaps too much information to completely take in.  Still, I strongly urge everyone involved with or interested in the federal sentencing system — prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, district judges, circuit judges, law clerks, members/staffers of the USSC and Congress — to read as much as they can from the NYCDL page.  There is SOOOO much information and insight in the briefs, and on-going federal sentencing cases and discussions should be informed by all the work therein.

In fact, I am right now heading off to a coffee house to read some more of these briefs.

December 19, 2006 at 03:31 PM | Permalink


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On Monday, the top-side briefs in the Rita and Claiborne federal sentencing cases were filed, and Paul Kamenar of the Washington Legal Foundation sent us his organization's amicus filing; it can be downloaded here. In addition, Doug Berman of Sentencin... [Read More]

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