Senate Confirms Judge Hinojosa for U.S. Sentencing Commission

In: All News   Posted 05/23/2003

WASHINGTON – The Senate unanimously confirmed District Court Judge Ricardo Hinojosa of McAllen to serve on the United States Sentencing Commission. The commission was established in 1984, as part of the Sentencing Reform Act provisions of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984. It is an independent agency within the judicial branch of the U.S. government. "Judge Hinojosa is extraordinarily qualified and I’m confident he will ensure fair sentencing guidelines are applied throughout the nation,” said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary Committee. “Our nation is fortunate to have men and women of his caliber serving on the commission.” the commission is comprised of seven voting members who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The law provides that at least three of the commissioners, like Hinojosa, shall be federal judges. Hinojosa will be the second Texan on the commission. Members of the commission are charged with establishing sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts, including guidelines prescribing the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes. "His will be a formidable task, but one that plays a vital role in the proper implementation of our federal system of criminal justice. I’ve no doubt that Judge Hinojosa is up to the task,” Cornyn said. “The Commission also serves in an advisory role to Congress and the executive branch in the developing of effective and efficient crime policy. It collects, analyzes, and researches information on federal crime and sentencing issues for the federal government and the general public.” Judge Hinojosa graduated from the University of Texas in 1972 and Harvard Law School in 1975. From 1975 to 1976, he served as a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court, a court that holds a special place in my heart. He engaged in the private practice of law from 1976 to 1983, when President Ronald Reagan selected him to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, where Judge Hinojosa has served with distinction to this day. He has also taught law as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas.