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Federal Sentencing: A Revolution Without Results?




Eric Friedman
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Sara Shannon
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Federal Sentencing: A Revolution Without Results?

New York City Bar Association

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in United States v. Booker fundamentally changed the practice of sentencing in federal criminal cases, holding that a jury must decide on facts that increase the sentence of a defendant in federal criminal cases. Despite this massive doctrinal shift, however, recent sentencing statistics reflect that pre- and post-Booker sentences do not vary widely. This panel discussion, featuring U.S. District Judges, defenders, and private practitioners, aims to explore why this has been the case and what the future holds for federal sentencing.

Panel Discussion, “Federal Sentencing: A Revolution Without Results? Examining the Present to Shape the Future.”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009, 6 PM – 9 PM

New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44 th St., New York, NY

Moderator, John Gleeson, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York; Benjamin Brafman, Brafman & Associates, P.C.; Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Illinois; Former Commissioner, U.S. Sentencing Commission; Kathleen Coad, Supervising U.S. Probation Officer, Southern District of New York; Ray Lohier, Deputy Chief, Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York; Janeanne Murray, Principal, Murray Law LLC; Edward Zas, Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defenders of New York, Appeals Division.

Free of Charge. Open to the Public. Event Will Be Limited to 75 People.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association ( was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.


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