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April 29, 2010

President Obama nominates Judge Patti Saris to take over as Chair of USSC

As detailed in this press release from the White House, yesterday "President Obama nominated Judge Patti B. Saris as Commissioner and Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission and Dabney Langhorne Friedrich as Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission."

I had heard rumors that Judge Saris, who has served since 1994 on the District Court for the District of Massachusetts, would be taking over the Chair position from outgoing Chair Judge William Sessions.  And the reappointment of Commissioner Dabney Friedrich, who was first appointed to the USSC by President Bush and was counsel to Senator Orrin Hatch back when he was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is likely part of an overall plan to help ensure that these nominations do not face any confirmation problems.

Because outgoing USSC Chair Sessions is concluding his lengthy tenure on the Commission with a set of proposed guideline amendments that could be extraordinarily consequential, and because DOJ under AG Eric Holder is likely soon to announce its conclusions from its own internal sentencing policy review, Judge Saris is due to take over the USSC at an especially dynamic and important (and challenging) time. I wish her the very best of luck.

April 29, 2010 at 08:47 AM | Permalink


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Yeah, because if we're going to put such a reasonable person like Judge Saris on the Commission, I guess we'll have to keep the never-seen-a-DOJ-proposal-she-didn't-like Friedrich on the Commission.

Posted by: anon | Apr 29, 2010 12:08:53 PM

A left wing nightmare for the crime victim, a Harvard indoctrinated hierarchy member of the criminal cult enterprise.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 2, 2010 1:25:18 AM

The best judge he could have choosen for the job

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