Published work explores federal sentencing

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January 18, 2010

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (Jan. 18, 2010)... 

An article by Dr. Keith Wilmot, assistant professor in Cal U's Department of Justice, Law and Society, was published recently in the journal Social Justice in Context.

The multidisciplinary peer reviewed journal publishes articles written by scholars and professionals committed to the study of social justice utilizing quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Wilmot's article is titled "A Dilemma in Context: The Question of Certainty and Fairness Within the Parameters of Federal Sentencing." 

In it, he explains that in the current legal environment, where sentencing guidelines have been rendered advisory, the relevant conduct provision has remained intact - judges may still consider unadjudicated conduct at sentencing.

After serving as a special agent with U.S. military intelligence, Wilmot worked as an investigator for both the Douglas County Public Defender's office and the Douglas County Attorney's office, both in Omaha, Neb., where he conducted pre-trial investigations for the public defender and investigated criminal fraud cases for the county attorney.

"This is a very significant piece of scholarship published by Dr. Wilmot," said Dr. Michael Hummel, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "His extensive past practitioner experience is evident in his scholarly activity and also in what he offers our students in the classroom.

Wilmot's current research involves issues within the scope of federal and state sentencing and issues regarding race and crime. 

He recently co-authored another manuscript currently under review for publication, "Sentencing of Native Americans: A Multi-stage Analysis Under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines."