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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, August 4, 2016

"Does the weather and MLB baseball impact federal sentencing outcomes more than racial factors?"

Doug Berman has this post at Sentencing Law & Policy, excerpting and commenting on "this seemingly somewhat kooky empirical paper" posted to SSRN. His view:

Based on a quick scan of the paper, I came to the conclusion that one would need to have a pretty sophisticated understanding of both federal sentencing patterns and empirical methods to assess the soundness of the analysis here.  Still, the paper's penultimate paragraph reinforces that this analysis led to some notable conclusions.

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