CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| JUNE 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Orleans Criminal Court Judge Arthur L. Hunter, Jr. represented the Louisiana judiciary at a conference on United States Sentencing Reform - Experiences and Lessons Learned for Macedonia. The conference took place in Skopje, Macedonia, May 12 - 13, 2014. It was presented in cooperation with the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors and was financially supported by the United Sates Embassy and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
“I am pleased to report that the sentencing conference was engaging and fruitful. The meetings were intimate, detailed and led the Macedonian legal authorities to adopt sentencing guidelines as well as establish a formal sentencing commission. The trip was rewarding and was a great opportunity to promote Louisiana and its legal system,” Judge Hunter said.
Participating in the conference were Macedonian legal authorities from the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia, the Judicial Council of the Republic of Macedonia, and the Macedonian Bar Association along with the Chief Public Prosecutor, the Deputy Minister of Justice and the President of Basic Court. Topics discussed included judicial independence, judicial education, ethics, alternative sentences, plea bargaining, indigent representation, probation, pre-sentence investigation reports and the death penalty.
Additionally, Judge Hunter had the opportunity to observe a high profile corruption case in a Macedonian court. The visit wrapped up with a final meeting and briefing with U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia Paul Wohlers.
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