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The Criminalization of Politics

Sponsored by the Federalist Society's Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group December 11, 12:00 PMNational Press Club - Conference Rooms
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045
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What actions are political and what actions are criminal? Where should prosecutors and courts draw the lines? How should we decide what actions should be evaluated at the ballot box and what actions should be evaluated in a court of law? This panel will discuss the recent use of criminal law to pursue public officials and political activity. A presentation of former high level Justice Department attorneys will look to recent prosecutions, such as those of Bob McDonnell and John Edwards, to evaluate whether our criminal law is wading too deeply into political activity. Relying on their expertise, the panelists will address a number of federal crimes, like Honest Services Fraud, used to pursue politicians, and discuss whether it is wise to put politics on trial, or whether the voters should decide. Please join us for what promises to be an interesting luncheon discussion.

Featuring:

  • Todd P. Graves, Graves Garrett LLC
  • Edward T. Kang, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
  • John C. Richter, Partner, King & Spalding
  • Moderator: John G. Malcolm, Chairman, Federalist Society Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Executive Committee, and Director and Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Johnson v. United States - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 11-19-14 featuring Richard Myers
Richard E. Myers November 19, 2014

On November 5, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Johnson v. United States. This case concerns whether mere possession of a short-barreled shotgun should be treated as a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

To discuss the case, we have Richard Myers who is the Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Criminal Sentencing Reform: A Conversation among Conservatives - Event Video

2014 National Lawyers Convention
Marc A. Levin, John G. Malcolm, Michael B. Mukasey, William G. Otis, William H. Pryor Jr. November 17, 2014

Although prison populations at the federal level have very recently declined for the first time in decades, prisoner population at the state level rose.  The cost of crime, some that can be measured and some that are impossible to measure, is undoubtedly high, but so too is the cost of incarceration.  Are we striking the right balance in length of sentences?  And what is the proper balance between latitude and sentencing guidelines for judges?  Do the answers to these questions differ for the state versus the federal criminal justice system?

The Federalist Society's Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group presented this panel on "Criminal Sentencing Reform: A Conversation among Conservatives" on Friday, November 14, during the 2014 National Lawyers Convention.

Featuring:

  • Mr. Marc A. Levin, Director, Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Mr. John G. Malcolm, Director and Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
  • Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and former U.S. Attorney General
  • Prof. William G. Otis, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

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