Obama Makes First Appointment to U.S. Sentencing Commission

Via Sentencing Law and Policy, President Obama announced his first appointment to the U.S. Sentencing Commission....and she's a former Federal Public Defender, not former federal prosecutor. Great news and great choice.

The official press release is here.

Ketanji Brown Jackson, 38, is Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster, LLP in Washington, D.C., where she has worked since 2007. From 2005 to 2007, she was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Columbia. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Jackson served as Assistant Special Counsel to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. From 1998 to 1999 and 2000 to 2003, Ms. Jackson was in private practice. Ms. Jackson served as law clerk to the Honorable Patti B. Saris (U.S. District Court of Massachusetts), the Honorable Bruce M. Selya (U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit), and the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer (U.S. Supreme Court).

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    Ketanji! (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Peter G on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 07:39:54 PM EST
    Congratulations to my friend, Ketanji!  What a wonderful choice.  Oh man, do we need serious sentencing reform in this country, including and perhaps especially in the federal system.

    Great News (4.00 / 1) (#2)
    by squeaky on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 07:38:13 PM EST
    A breath of fresh air, certainly from the last 8 years.

    And Obama's torture prosecutions? (1.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Sumner on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 07:06:52 PM EST
    Bruce Fein opined that Obama and Holder will not prosecute, because of their interests. The Executive branch and DoJ will both take massive hits in a prosecution and so the courts need apoint a Special Prosecutor, as both the President and A.G. have a conflict-of-interest.

    If our courts are unwilling, because our judges are more like witch doctors being appointed to hospital boards, then we should ultimately refer the matter to the Hague.

    TIA is alive and well.

    DoJ's posturing is clear.

    Hopefully, not all judges are political hacks.

    Huh? (5.00 / 0) (#4)
    by squeaky on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 07:40:03 PM EST
    How OT can you get?  

    Why not post this in an open thread? Seems like you are intent on putting a wet blanket on this great news.

    Not sure why.


    I have filed plenty before the USSC, heady stuff (none / 0) (#5)
    by Sumner on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 08:01:03 PM EST
    And I've effected plenty, Booker, all that.

    While my cause célèbre issues are the morals victimless crimes, I have no doubt that others will lament that America's very last dollar will be spent on some pot bust or the like, if the stupid laws are not fixed, before the total control grid is sneaked stealthily into place.

    Yeah, the USSC better take notice of the government's war crimes. Even as I write this, Lieberman is stating on the floor of the Senate that war crimes are in a league all on their own. (Although he refers to war crimes of others, not this government's.) And at some point, quantity takes on a quality all of its own.