Sunday, September 05, 2004

Bizarro World is not like the Fourth Circuit

In this post from Professor Berman, he takes apart an amicus brief filed by a group of former federal judges in the Supreme Court's pending sentencing cases, as describing a Bizarro World in which federal judges have wide sentencing discretion (unlike the 6% departure rate in the Fourth Circuit). In the brief, the former judges take the view that a jury trial is not required because of the discretion federal judges have in sentencing.

Professor Berman also has some fun explaining, from both Seinfeld and Superman comics, the concept of Bizarro World. There is a lot of Seinfeld and Superman stuff on the internet, including this site where you can watch their American Express commercials.

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