In recent remarks to the American Law Institute, Judge William Pryor recommended abandonment of the post- Booker advisory version of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and adoption of a simplified presumptive federal guidelines system. There was a time when I shared Judge Pryor's optimism that a sensible system of simplified presumptive sentencing guidelines could be enacted and could achieve its beneficent ends for a useful period thereafter. I have not yet surrendered the dream, but I confess to increased skepticism. The remainder of this essay will explain my pessimistic turn.
Frank O. Bowman III,
First Principles and Practical Politics: Thoughts on Judge Pryor's Proposal to Revive Presumptive Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 29 Federal Sentencing Reporter 126
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