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November 18, 2008

USSC public meeting this week

As detailed in this public notice, a public meeting of the US Sentencing Commission is scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2008, at 9:30 a.m.  The public notice reveals that the USSC has a less-than-inspiring formal agenda, including a "Briefing on Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008" and also a "Briefing on Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 and Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act of 2008."

Though the agenda might suggest this public meeting will be a snoozer, this will still be the first formal and public event for the USSC in the wake of the election of a new President and Congress.  Though I doubt the USSC will address this coming federal transition in any consequential way — and remember that technically the Commission is housed in the Judicial Branch — astute Commission-watchers may be able to assess changes in tones, attitudes and ambitions in light of new political realities.

Some related recent posts on post-election dynamics:

Some related older posts on USSC priorities:

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