Trump’s Pick for Sentencing Commission Once Advocated for its Disbandment - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Mar 22, 2018
A recent nominee for the U.S. Sentencing Commission is raising eyebrows, as he once pushed for the abolishment of the very group he has been chosen to serve on, the ABA Journal reports. Georgetown Law Professor William G. Otis was chosen for his tough-on-crime views, which aligned with President Donald Trump’s, but in 2011 he called for abolishing the commission altogether, declaring that its guidelines “favor the criminal.” A nominee to the Sentencing Commission has rarely been contested for confirmation, but groups that advocate for criminal justice reform are rallying to fight against his confirmation.