Guidelines Blues: The Commission’s Next Moves

The United States Sentencing Commission is gearing up to make their recommendations for the next round of amendments.  It’s the follow-up album to their first hit record, which included memorable songs such as ” The Zero Point Offender Boogie”, and “Release Me (Compassionately)”.  The real question is can they top their debut with their sophomore…

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A Child’s Poison: Lead Poisoning as Sentencing Mitigation with Dr. Ted Lidsky

The government often weaves false sentencing narratives about our clients:  they are born bad, uncontrollably violent, no concern for others, no respect for the law.  There’s always a more truthful, powerful, and humanistic story to tell.  And in some of those cases that story could be LEAD POISONING! The fact is, the probability of those…

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Life in the Shadow of Death, With Cyndy Short

Cyndy Short has been representing those accused of the worst crimes imaginable for most of her career – and she has NEVER had a client sentenced to death on her watch.  She understands that sometimes what makes a lawyer great isn’t their legal abilities, but their human abilities.  In other words, it’s time for lawyers to…

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Across the Pond: Sentencing in the United Kingdom

Watch this episode on YOUTUBE, on APPLE PODCASTS, or wherever you get your podcasts! We like to think the United States has “the greatest system in the world.”  But do we?  There’s simply no way to answer that question until we learn how other countries adjudicate crime. Helping us get Set for Sentencing is Prof. Julian Roberts,…

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A Richer Measurement of Justice: The Novel Lolita Read as a Sentencing Memorandum

Watch this episode on YOUTUBE, on APPLE PODCASTS, or wherever you get your podcasts! Lawyers have everything to learn from great stories on the screen, on the page, or on the stage.  Legal Writing Professor Christina Frohock knows this well, as her latest law review article, Legal Fiction: Reading Lolita as a Sentencing Memorandum, brings into focus…

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Digging Deep With Defense Maps

Understanding, let alone telling, your client’s story can be a daunting task.  Lawyers often lack the time and resources to peel back the layers of a client’s life and properly put their offense in context.  Thankfully, they now have a free, powerful, comprehensive and confidential tool to help get the job done – Defense Map.…

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