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November 2, 2017

Congratulations to new addition to Third Circuit, Judge (and sentencing scholar) Stephanos Bibas

As first noted in this post five months ago, Prez Donald Trump nominated a prominent sentencing scholar, Professor Stephanos Bibas, for a judgeship on the US Court of Appeal Third Circuit. As I said back then, I have a particular affinity for Prof Bibas not only because of his long history as a sentencing scholar, but also because we worked together on a Supreme Court case Tapia in which he was an appointed amicus and because we have co-authored articles such as Making Sentencing Sensible and Engaging Capital Emotions.  (Also, Prof Bibas did a stint of guest-blogging in this space in conjunction with the release of his book, "The Machinery of Criminal Justice," which was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press; his posts are linked under the category tab, Guest blogging by Professor Stephanos Bibas.)

Given this background, nobody should be surprised that I am extremely excited by this news from DC that today the "Senate voted to confirm Stephanos Bibas to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals."  I am confident that Judge Bibas will be a spectacular jurist, and I am especially eager to see how he handles the many federal sentencing appeals that are a regular part of the docket of every US Court of Appeals.

November 2, 2017 at 02:59 PM | Permalink


He got smoked in here---but I think he's going to be a great judge.

Posted by: federalist | Nov 4, 2017 12:41:22 PM

I'm also concerned about his inclinations in other areas than this narrow area, which I'll concede w/o more he's great at, and those other areas are likely more of a concern too for the people who chose him. But, those other areas aren't really the concern of this blog.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 4, 2017 4:37:09 PM

federalist, can you remind me of why you think Judge Bibas "got smoked in here"?

Posted by: Doug B. | Nov 5, 2017 4:08:34 PM

Would be fun if it involved marijuana, but think not.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 6, 2017 5:55:16 PM

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