In re: Mandatory Minimum Penalties and Federal Sentencing Policy
- Case Date: 5/27/2010
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On May 27, 2010, a Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) attorney urged Congress to provide federal sentencing judges with greater opportunities to avoid harsh and unintended sentencing results arising from minimum mandatory sentences. In testimony before the United States Sentencing Commission, WLF Senior Litigator Cory Andrews argued that the increased use by Congress of mandatory minimum sentences can best be viewed as part of the larger problem of “overfederalization” in the area of criminal justice. Such an unhealthy emphasis on federal criminal laws, he suggested, undermines the careful balance struck by federalism. WLF was invited to appear at the public hearing, which was held pursuant to a Congressional directive requiring the Sentencing Commission to report to the House Judiciary Committee on federal mandatory minimum sentences.
|Awaiting Commission action.|
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