Professor Mark Osleris one of the country’s most active advocates for criminal justice reform. As lead counsel, he won the case of Spears v. United States (2009) in the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Court held that sentencing judges can categorically reject the 100:1 ratio between crack and powder cocaine in the federal sentencing guidelines. As a vocal opponent of capital punishment, Osler authored the book “Jesus on Death Row” and has held mock trials of Jesus Christ throughout the country. He also founded the nation’s first Federal Commutation Clinic here at the School of Law, where he works alongside students to advocate for presidential pardons or commutations of sentences for federal prisoners.

More information:
www.stthomas.edu/law/facultystaff/faculty/oslermark/

An American Prospect profile of Osler and his work on criminal justice reform: prospect.org/article/quality-mercy-0.

 

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