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This article takes a measured position. On the one hand, Booker has diminshed prosecutorial discretion somewhat. That point, perhaps, is obvious. In theory, the Guidelines are no longer mandatory, and prosecutors have less power to control sentencing. On the other hand, reports of the demise of the prosecutorial discretion have been greatly exaggerated. Post-Booker, prosecutorial discretion remains vast and, indeed, for a number of reasons is still likely to be greater than it was in the pre-Guidelines era. Much has happened since November 1, 1987, including the passage of mandatory minimum laws and the acculturation of federal judges to the Guidelines, which, in the aggregate, serve to protect or enhance prosecutorial power.

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