An interesting day in sentencing news today, with lots of Washington voices chiming in on a variety of important reform issues. Here are some selections for your reading pleasure:
- The Anchorage Daily News provides a nice summary of the alleged prosecutorial abuse that occurred in the case of Senator Ted Stevens, as well as Senator Lisa Murkowski's proposed legislation to prevent such abuses in the future.
- Former Congressman Artur Davis writes a thought-provoking article about the drug war, calling for more flexibility in sentencing options -- including the ability to depart from mandatory minimum sentences or use smarter, cheaper alternatives like drug courts at the federal level.
- Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer offers some interesting feedback in this speech on both last year's crack cocaine sentencing reforms and federal sentencing guidelines for white collar/economic crimes.