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Access to full text of articles of Criminal Justice Magazine is a privilege of section membership. This special Symposium issue's articles, however, are available free to the public. To view articles from other issues of the magazine and if you are not a member of the section, please visit our Membership Information page. CRIMINAL JUSTICE Summer 2006 Volume 21, Number 2
Sentencing Lessons from the Innocence Movement By Andrew E. TaslitzHoward law professor, Andrew Taslitz, explains that the same principles discovered through the innocence movement as they impact the guilt phase of a trial can also be applied to the sentencing phase. He uses the example of racial bias to demonstrate how factors such as the unconscious, data collecting, transparency, and the accumulation of small errors play out in determining a just sentence for those found guilty.
Federal or State? Sorting as a Sentencing Choice By Ronald F. WrightWhether a case goes to the federal or state courts is often decided by a “sorting system” that is solely under the control of the prosecution. Neither judges nor defense lawyers have any say in the matter. Yet the choice can have a major impact on the sentencing of a defendant. Although control rests with the state, the savvy defense lawyer may be able to influence the decision and prepare the client for what lies ahead.
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