Mark William Osler

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)

Professor of Law

MSL 400, 1000 La Salle Avenue

Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005

United States

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Scholarly Papers (42)

1.

What We Got Wrong in the War on Drugs

University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2021 Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-16
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 26 Aug 2020
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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Narcotics, War on Drugs, Drug law, Sentencing, Narcotics demand

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A 'Holocaust in Slow Motion?' America's Mass Incarceration and the Role of Discretion

7 DePaul Journal for Social Justice 117 (2014), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-30
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 01 Sep 2014
Mark William Osler and Mark W. Bennett
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) and U.S. District Court (Northern District of Iowa)
Downloads 672 (53,846)
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mass incarceration, sentencing, prosecutorial discretion, Eric Holder

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Designed to Fail: The President's Deference to the Department of Justice in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 59, 2017, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-08, NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-16
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 02 May 2017 Last Revised: 07 Jun 2017
Rachel E. Barkow and Mark William Osler
New York University School of Law and University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 539 (71,187)
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Criminal Law, Criminal Justice Reform, Sentencing, Clemency, Commutations, Pardons, Compassionate Release, Forensic Science, Appointments, CP14, President Obama, Presidential Oversight of Criminal Law

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Crucifixion & Execution: The Trial of Jesus Christ as a Death Penalty Sentencing Process

Baylor Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 1, 2007
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 24 Feb 2006 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2010
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 451 (88,374)

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death penalty, capital punishment, sentencing, law and religion

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Restructuring Clemency: The Cost of Ignoring Clemency and a Plan for Renewal

University of Chicago Law Review, 2014, Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-28, NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-42
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 14 Aug 2014 Last Revised: 05 Sep 2014
Rachel E. Barkow and Mark William Osler
New York University School of Law and University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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clemency, pardon power, pardon attorney, commutation, department of justice, clemency board

6.

Why Not Treat Drug Crimes as White-Collar Crimes?

61 Wayne Law Review 1 (2015), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-17
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 18 Aug 2015
Thea Johnson and Mark William Osler
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers Law School and University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 337 (123,150)
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criminal law, sentencing, narcotics crime, war on drugs, white collar crime, incarceration

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Susan Glaspell Goes to Law School: Adventures in Teaching Trifles to Criminal Practice Students

Texas Theater Journal, Vol. 4, No. 43, 2008
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 13 Mar 2007 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2010
Mark William Osler and DeAnna Toten Beard
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) and Baylor University
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What Would It Look Like If We Cared About Narcotics Trafficking? An Argument to Attack Narcotics Capital Rather than Labor

Number of pages: 17 Posted: 05 Apr 2011
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 257 (162,905)
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Narcotics, War on Drugs, Economic Solutions, Federalism

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Policy, Uniformity, Discretion, and Congress's Sentencing Acid Trip

Brigham Young University Law Review, Vol. 2009, No. 293, 2009
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 08 May 2008 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2010
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 247 (169,373)

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sentencing guidelines, sentencing, discretion

10.

Aseret Had'Varim in Tension: The Ten Commandments and the Bill of Rights

Journal of Church and State, Vol. 49, p. 683, 2007
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 26 Apr 2007 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2010
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 245 (170,684)

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constitution, bill of rights, ten commandments

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A Biblical Value in the Constitution: Mercy, Clemency, Faith, and History

University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2013, Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-29
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 22 Sep 2012
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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constitution, constitutional law, law and religion, law and Christianity, pardon clause, pardon, clemency

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Wisdom Not My Own: Rules, Principles, and the Teaching of Law

Number of pages: 13 Posted: 31 Oct 2011 Last Revised: 31 Dec 2012
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 163 (246,461)

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Wisdom, principles, criminal law, law teaching, legal education

13.

The First Step Act and the Brutal Timidity of Criminal Law Reform

New England Law Review, Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-07
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 12 May 2020
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 157 (254,364)
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criminal justice, sentencing, criminal law, First Step Act, Donald Trump, crack cocaine, marijuana

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Seeking Justice Below the Guidelines: Sentencing as an Expression of Natural Law

Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 22 Mar 2009 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2010
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 153 (259,790)

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sentencing, criminal law, philosophy, natural law, higher law

15.

Learning from Crack

U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-09
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 19 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 20 Mar 2012
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 151 (262,617)

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crack cocaine, sentencing, criminal law, criminal justice

16.

Last Meal/Last Supper

Number of pages: 8 Posted: 10 Sep 2006
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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Roe's Ragged Remnant: Viability

Stanford Law & Policy Review, 2013, Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-35
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 30 Oct 2012
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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constitutional law, Roe v. Wade, abortion, reproductive rights, Right to Life

18.

Fewer Hands, More Mercy: A Plea for a Better Federal Clemency System

41 Vermont Law Review 465 (2017), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 08 Sep 2016 Last Revised: 29 Dec 2020
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 130 (294,973)
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Chapter 10: The Prosecutor's Emotion

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 20 Oct 2006
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 122 (309,209)

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sentencing, religion, prosecution

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Crazy Eyes: The Discernment of Competence by a Federal Magistrate Judge

Louisiana Law Review, Vol. 67, No. 751, 2007
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 12 Jul 2006 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2010
Mark William Osler and Jeffrey Manske
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) and affiliation not provided to SSRN
Downloads 104 (345,464)

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initial appearance, competence, mental illness, discretion

21.

Amoral Numbers and Narcotics Sentencing

Valparaiso University Law Review, 2013, Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-21
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 29 May 2013
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 102 (349,895)

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criminal law, sentencing, sentencing guidelines, war on drugs, federal sentencing, federal narcotics sentencing, drug crimes, rankings

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Clemency for the 21st Century: A Systemic Reform of the Federal Clemency Process

Number of pages: 5 Posted: 15 Apr 2013
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 102 (349,895)

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pardon power, clemency, commutation

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Clemency As the Soul of the Constitution

34 Journal of Law and Politics 131 (2019), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 19-12
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 09 Sep 2019
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 100 (354,534)
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president, presidential power, clemency, pardon power, constitutional law, U.S. Constitution

24.

Law & Tactics for a Market-Reality Narcotics Policy

Harvard Journal on Legislation, 2015, Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-04
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 06 Mar 2015
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 91 (376,321)

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war on drugs, legalization of narcotics, narcotics, asset forfeiture, mass incarceration, criminal law

25.

Capone and Bin Laden: The Failure of Government at the Cusp of War and Crime

Baylor Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2003
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 14 Sep 2007
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 85 (392,229)

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Terrorism, Crime, bin Laden, Capone

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Narcotics Prosecutors as Problem Solvers

1 Stan. J. Crim. L. & Pol'y 1 (2014), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-37
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 02 Nov 2014
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 83 (397,726)

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war on drugs, criminal law, criminal sentencing, sentencing, prosecutors, narcotics

27.

The Ford Approach and Real Fairness for Crack Convicts

23 Federal Sentencing Reporter 228 (2011)
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 08 May 2012
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 70 (437,533)

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sentencing, clemency, pardon power, President Ford, commutation

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More than Numbers: A Proposal for Rational Drug Sentences

Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 19, No. 326, 2007
Posted: 05 Sep 2008
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 66 (451,143)

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sentencing, drugs, narcotics, mandatory minimums

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Criminal Justice Amid the Pandemic of 2020

U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-23
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 17 Nov 2020
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 64 (458,194)

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Criminal law, criminal justice, COVID, George Floyd, Pandemic, Prisons

30.

The Promise of Trailing-Edge Guidelines to Resolve the Conflict between Uniformity and Judicial Discretion

U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-02
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 03 Feb 2012
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 62 (465,479)
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sentencing, federal sentencing, criminal sentencing, sentencing guidelines, sentencing disparities, sentencing discretion, trailing-edge guidelines

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1986: AIDS, Crack, and C. Everett Koop

65 Rutgers Law Review (2014), Forthcoming, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-31
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 30 Sep 2014
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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C. Everett Koop, Len Bias, crack cocaine, AIDS, 1986, mass incarceration, sentencing, prosecutorial discretion, Eric Holder

32.

After the Implosion: Trailing-Edge Guidelines for a New Era

Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 30 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2010
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 52 (504,814)

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sentencing, guidelines, sentencing guidelines, criminal law, federal

33.

Prosecutors and Victims: Why Wrongful Convictions Matter

105 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1031 (2017), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-01
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 03 Feb 2017
Jeanne Bishop and Mark William Osler
Office of the Cook County Public Defender and University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 47 (526,663)

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criminal law, crime victims, prosecutors

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This Changes Everything: A Call for a Directive, Goal-Oriented Principle to Guide the Discretion of Federal Prosecutors

Valparaiso Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 625, 2005
Number of pages: 61 Posted: 05 Sep 2008
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 45 (535,810)

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sentencing, prosecutorial discretion, Attorney General, federal prosecutors

35.

The Lawyer's Humble Walk

Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 483, 2005
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 06 Sep 2008 Last Revised: 25 Mar 2009
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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faith, christianity, humility, ethics, vocation

Clemency: Where Mercy Meets the Constitution

U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-08
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 25 Feb 2022 Last Revised: 22 Mar 2022
Maria Hawilo and Mark William Osler
Loyola University Chicago School of Law and University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 24 (675,262)

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Clemency, Mass incarceration, criminal law, commutations, pardons, presidential powers, Catholic, mercy

Clemency: Where Mercy Meets the Constitution

Number of pages: 14 Posted: 06 Apr 2022
Maria Hawilo and Mark William Osler
Loyola University Chicago School of Law and University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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Clemency, Mass incarceration, criminal law, commutations, pardons, presidential powers, Catholic, mercy

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The Role of Clemency in Criminal Justice Reform

U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-14
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 02 Mar 2022
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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Clemency, Mass incarceration, criminal law, commutations, pardons, presidential powers

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Drugs, Bombs, and the Erosion of Rights

11 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 249 (2013), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-03
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 10 Jan 2014
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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criminal law, search and seizure, warrantless searches, national security, NSA, surveillance

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Short of the Mountaintop: Race Neutrality, Criminal Law, and the Jericho Road Ahead

49 University of Memphis Law Review 77 (2018), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 19-16
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 12 Sep 2019
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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race and law, racial equality, criminal law, racial equity, law and race, Martin Luther King, criminal justice

40.

Memo to the President: Two Steps to Fix the Clemency Crisis

University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Vol. 17, 2020, U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-03
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 10 Jun 2020
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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clemency, pardon, commutations, Biden, Trump, mass incarceration, criminal law, sentencing

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Review Essay: Theaters of Pardoning

Criminal Justice Ethics (Forthcoming), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21-04
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 22 Jan 2021
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
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Clemency, Pardons, Shakespeare, Massinger

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Review: Mass Pardons in America by Graham G. Dodds

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books (Rutgers)., U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-11
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 25 Feb 2022
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
Downloads 13 (740,652)

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Clemency, Mass incarceration, criminal law, commutations, pardons, presidential powers