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Brent E. Newton


Deputy Staff Director, United States Sentencing Commission, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of North Carolina; J.D., Columbia

Brent E. Newton has been the deputy staff director of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C., since 2009.  Before working with the Commission,...

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Brent E. Newton has been the deputy staff director of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C., since 2009.  Before working with the Commission, he practiced criminal defense for nearly two decades. After graduating from Columbia University School of Law, he represented numerous death row inmates in Texas and Florida. Thereafter, he was an assistant federal public defender in Houston, Texas, where he handled both trials and appeals, including arguing a case before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2008. While serving as a public defender, he also taught several courses as an adjunct professor of law and visiting professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center.  In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member at GULC, he also is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland.  He is the author of three books on criminal law and procedure.  He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010.

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