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February 8, 2012

Two big public hearings on tap for US Sentencing Commission next week

As reported on its website and in official notices here and here, the US Sentencing Commission has planned two full-day public hearings for next week in DC.

The first day of hearings, slated for February 15 (with the official agenda here), is "for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses regarding the issue of penalties for child pornography offenses in federal sentencing." The second day of hearings, slated for February 16 (with the official agenda here), is "for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses on federal sentencing options pursuant to United States v. Booker."

I have the great honor and privilege of being one of the invited witnesses for the second day of these hearings, and I hope to post my written testimony once I finish writing it.  I also expect the USSC will post the submitted written testimony of other witnesses before long, too.  In the meantime, readers are welcome (and, in fact, encouraged) to make predictions about what various witnesses are likely to say to the Commission on these topics and what member os the USSC might say in response.

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I hope something happens after all these public hearing. I am tired of watching my brother serve a 20 year sentence for receipt of child pornography. This was a sentence too severe for the crime. Yes punishment is due but not a harsh sentence like this. The guidelines did this.

A concerned citizen

Posted by: Vpolcyn | Feb 8, 2012 9:05:48 PM

At least they're having FPDs and DOJ folks testify this time, unlike the silliness last time.

Posted by: rollo | Feb 8, 2012 9:55:24 PM

Let me see...which are most worthwhile? Political debates or "advisory" Sentencing Commission hearings!

Posted by: shurnuff | Feb 9, 2012 8:00:15 PM

very helpful information thanks for this great post

Posted by: call centers | Feb 10, 2012 12:23:09 AM

Basically, it all boils down to this: A Non-violent, non-contact and quasi victim-less transgression. I say that because you are INDIRECTLY doing so without malice or malicious intent. I'm not buying the argument that each victim is exploited and "re-victimized" again after viewing.

They should suspend mere possession of illegal Internet porn as a registerable offense. This is just a third-party SIGHT CRIME! If you manufactured and disseminated this porn, then yes, you should register. If a person is not deemed "sexually dangerous" to society, then why even bother to monitor and track said individual wasting precious manpower and resources? Correlation does not imply causation.

The registry was created for ACTUAL VICTIMS of physical contact, not static images off the Internet.

Posted by: hadenuff | Feb 11, 2012 11:29:10 PM

My 57 year old brother is in a county jail in Kentucky awaiting federal sentencing for having child porn on his computer. He did no trafficking and he has no victims. He is a first time offender. They want to give him 12 years. Can anyone recommend a federal criminal sentencing lawyer who can help him get the shortest possible sentence and get assigned to the best possible prison?

Posted by: Sherry Clark | Feb 16, 2012 8:26:24 PM

My brother is sentence to 36mo for buying 1 DVD (1count)and 4 images. He is a first time offender and he has never touch a child. He is no threat to society or children. I feel that the Government has more control of whats on the internet and should shut down all these sites or turn off the internet to those they know are viewing it on their computers.

Posted by: Janie Lane | Feb 18, 2012 6:15:13 PM

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