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Money, Markets, and Mistakes: The History of Crack - Lunch Talk with Prof. Mark Osler


October 14, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 280A

Come hear Professor Mark Osler address the growth of crack and our nation's failure to address it as a business rather than a moral scourge.


Professor Mark Osler is a former federal prosecutor whose work has consistently confronted the problem of inflexibility in sentencing and corrections. As lead counsel he won the Spears v. United States (2009) in the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Court held that sentencing judges can categorically reject the 100:1 ratio between crack and powder cocaine in the federal sentencing guidelines. As an appellate attorney, Osler has briefed or argued cases (often as Amicus for other sentencing experts) in six federal courts of appeal and in the United States Supreme Court, and as a sentencing expert has testified in Congress and before the U.S. Sentencing Commission.


Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Criminal Law Society.