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On April 29, 2009, just weeks after being sworn in as the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer testified before Congress that “[t]he Administration believes Congress’s goal should be to completely eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine.”[1]  This testimony was significant to Department prosecutors at the time in part because in courtrooms across the country they were obligated to advocate for sentences that reflected current law at the same time defense counsel argued, based on Mr. Breuer’s testimony, that even the Department’s highest level officials thought that existing law was unfair.  What was perhaps less obviously significant from Mr. Breuer’s testimony was that it represented the beginning of a shift in enforcement priorities for the Department.

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Scott Schools

Scott Schools is a Member on Moore & Van Allen's Charleston office Litigation team, concentrating his practice in the areas of white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and health care and financial fraud defense. Before joining Moore & Van Allen, Scott spent 18 years in the Department of Justice, beginning as an Assistant United States Attorney and concluding as one of the highest ranking career officials within the Department. He brings his considerable experience as a federal prosecutor to bear when advising and defending Moore & Van Allen’s clients across the country. Scott can be reached at scottschools@mvalaw.com.

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