Thursday, July 22, 2004

Justice O'Connor Speaks to the 9th Circuit

Hamdi? Padilla? Guantanamo? Can we please skip all that and get to the real sexy issue: Blakely v. Washington?

Justice O'Connor spoke at the annual 9th Circuit conference today and addressed a number of issues. Among here themes were: we get by with a little help from our friends ("Try to make a friend out of the members of Congress," O'Connor said.) and oh, yeah - that Blakely thing was a disaster, a 10 on the Richter scale.

Apparently Justice O'Connor likened the Blakely fallout to a No. 10 earthquake. Most of her comments were directed at the Court's other cases this term, however.

The article is entitled: O'Connor to Judges: Explain Yourselves
 
Update: Additional O'Connor coverage

The Monterey Herald reports that Justice O'Connor told the judges with reference to Blakely:
"We really have a lot of difficulty right now," O'Connor told the 9th Circuit judges Thursday. "I think the consequences are severe and it's going to take a little time to figure out what to do."
What does that mean?

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