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The Federal Sentencing Guidelines Controversy

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Recent amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines by the United States Sentencing Commission remind us of the controversy that continues to swirl around the topic of sentencing guidelines and the role judges and prosecutors play in that debate. There has been a continuous ebb and flow in the discussion as to how much leniency federal judges have in criminal sentencing with respect to these guidelines. The Supreme Court has ruled that district court judges have a broader discretion in imposing sentences than the guidelines traditionally implied, but criminal prosecutors believe that stricter sentencing guidelines are a better tool in combating crime and recidivism.

Our panel of experts, including legal scholars and a sitting U.S. District Court Judge, will address the various aspects of this controversial subject. If you are a criminal prosecutor or defender, a district court judge, or a court reporter, you cannot afford to miss this exciting and thought-provoking webcast.

Among the issues being discussed:

• The mechanics of sentencing guidelines
• The evolution of federal sentencing guidelines from advisory to mandatory in imposing criminal punishment
• Recent amendments to the guidelines
• The role of mitigating circumstances in criminal sentencing
• Have stiffer sentences in federal courts really reduced crime?

Practice Areas: Criminal Law & Procedure, Sentencing
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 12/18/2008 12:30 PM EST
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 30 Minutes
Online Format: Live
Course Type: Public

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Total Credits: 1.5
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Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
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Training Type: Online

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Hon. James M. Rosenbaum, (Ret.) - Chief Judge, US District Court, District of Minnesota
Frank O. Bowman, III - Professor of Law, University of Missouri, co-author, "Federal Sentencing Guidelines Handbook," 2008-2009 ed.
Sigmund G. Popko - Clinical Professor of Law, Arizona State University, co-author, "Federal Sentencing Law & Practice," 2008 ed.
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