Thornburgh, Martin to discuss mandatory minimum sentencing

by Michael O. Garvey

Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and former U.S. District Court Judge John S. Martin will discuss mandatory minimum sentencing at a symposium beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday (April 1) in Room 141 of the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Hall.

The symposium, ?Does the Time Fit the Crime? Mandatory Minimum Sentencing and the Curtailment of Judicial Discretion,? is sponsored by the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy and the Thomas J. White Center on Law and Government

Thornburgh served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987, as U.S. attorney general from 1988 to 1991, and as under-secretary general of the United Nations from 1992 to 1993. {mso-spacerun: yes} He now is counsel to the national law firm of Kirkpatrick&Lockhart in its Washington, D.C., office.

Martin, who has been counsel to the law firm of Debevoise&Plimpton since 2003, served for13 years as a U.S. district judge and for three years as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

The symposium moderator will be Notre Dame law professor Jimmy Gurule, who resigned as U.S. undersecretary of Treasury for enforcement in 2003 to resume teaching at the Notre Dame Law School. {mso-spacerun: yes} As undersecretary for enforcement, he oversaw Customs, the Secret Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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