Notice from February 10-11, 2009


February 3, 2009

Pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission, a public hearing is scheduled for February 10-11, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia.  On February 10, the public hearing will commence at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 4:45 p.m,  The public hearing will reconvene on February 11 at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The public hearing will be held in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia.

The purpose of the February 10-11, 2009, public hearing is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses regarding federal sentencing policy.


United States Sentencing Commission Public Hearing Agenda
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
February 10-11, 2009

February 10, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

I.    Opening Remarks (9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)

Honorable Ricardo H. Hinojosa
Acting Chair, United States Sentencing Commission

II.    View from the Appellate Bench (9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

Honorable Dennis W. Shedd
Circuit Judge, Fourth Circuit

Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat
Circuit Judge, Eleventh Circuit

III.    View from the Probation Office (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Ellen S. Moore
Chief Probation Officer
Middle District of Georgia

Greg Forest
Chief Probation Officer
Western District of North Carolina

Thomas Bishop
Chief Probation Officer
Northern District of Georgia

Lunch (12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

IV.    View from Sentencing Practitioners (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Nicole Kaplan
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Northern District of Georgia

Lyle Yurko
Charlotte, NC

David O. Markus
Criminal Justice Act Panelist, District Representative
Southern District of Florida

Alan DuBois
Senior Appellate Attorney
Federal Public Defender
Eastern District of North Carolina

Amy Levin Weil
Atlanta, GA

V.    View from Law Enforcement (3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.)

William N. Shepherd
Statewide Prosecutor
Office of Statewide Prosecution
Tallahassee, FL

Chief John Timoney
Miami Police Department
President, Police Executive Research Forum

Captain Larry Casterline
Commander, Major Crimes Deterrence and Prevention
High Point Police Department
High Point, NC

February 11, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

I.    Reconvene (8:30 a.m.)

Honorable Ricardo H. Hinojosa
Acting Chair, United States Sentencing Commission

II.    View from the District Court Bench (8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Honorable Bob Conrad Jr.
Chief District Judge, Western District of North Carolina

Honorable Gregory A. Presnell
District Judge, Middle District of Florida

Honorable Robert L. Hinkle
Chief District Judge, Northern District of Florida

Honorable William T. Moore Jr.
Chief District Judge, Southern District of Georgia

III.    View from Academia (10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m)

Ronald Wright
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law
Wake Forest School of Law

Dr. Gordon Bazemore
Chair and Professor of Department of Criminology
Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Rodney L. Engen
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

IV.    View from Community Interest Groups (11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

View from Community Interest Groups (11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Spencer Lawton
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Atlanta, GA

Hector Flores
Cuban-American Bar Association
Miami, FL

Monica Pratt Raffanel
Communications Director
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Lilburn, GA