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Reviews in Review
By Ellen S. Podgor
Reviews in Review columns.
Symposium, The Booker Project: The Future of Federal Sentencing, 43 Houston Law Review 269 (2006):
This symposium issue of the Houston Law Review explores, from many
angles, sentencing in a post-Booker world. The lineup of authors is
extraordinary. Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson provides an overview and
notes that the “Guidelines operate today in much the same way they did
before Booker.” Professor Frank Bowman provides an analysis of empirical
data in an article filled with charts and graphs. This is followed with
an essay by Professor Nancy King that focuses on reasonableness with an
emphasis on the appellate review process. She stresses the importance
of waiting for data from the appellate courts as “sentencing practices
in the district courts alone may well present a distorted picture of how
the federal sentencing system is functioning after Booker.”
Douglas A. Berman, law professor and blog owner of the Sentencing Law
and Policy Blog, calls f
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