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February 16, 2012

Many hats for this road warrior...

over the next few days. I have my policy work hat on today as I head to the US Sentencing Commission to testify this afternoon. Then I will be wearing a real lawyer hat in DC briefly tonight before changing into an ivory tower outfit as I head down to Miami to participate in a two-day death penalty conference.

I expect blogging will be light through the weekend, though I hope to have some mid-travel reports to share.

UPDATE Friday mid-day: I am on-line with my laptop for the first time since Thursday AM, and I have so much to say about the remarkable USSC hearing that took all day on Thursday.   I fear I won't have time to share post-hearing comments until the weekend, but I recommend all federal sentencing fans find the time to review the testimony from the hearing (linked via the official agenda here).

I am now in sunny and warm Miami being hosted at this amazing symposium on "The Future of the Death Penalty."  Perhaps later tonight (or perhaps not), I will tear myself away for a little late-night blogging.

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Doug, tell it to the USSC boys....The sentenceing pail has been overflowing since 1986.

Posted by: Abe | Feb 16, 2012 10:31:03 AM

Abe --

And the crime pail has been inceasingly drained, to the great benefit of our citizens.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Feb 16, 2012 1:10:03 PM

Oh come on, Prof - go back to the 1987 Guidelines? What have you been smoking?

Posted by: anon | Feb 16, 2012 6:27:33 PM

Have you looked or tried applying the 1987 guidelines? Makes an interesting experiment, and I think defender groups would be wise to run a lot of the most common crimes through those original guidelines to highlight, at this moment of reform debate, how much guideline sentencing recommendations have pushed upward over the last quarter century.

Posted by: Doug B. | Feb 17, 2012 6:48:41 AM

I think he means the ANTI-Death Penalty conference.

Posted by: DeanO | Feb 17, 2012 7:39:23 AM

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