Sunday, September 12, 2004

Sunday's News

The News Tribune from Tacoma, Washington is reporting on Blakely developments in the state. Courts have split three ways according to the article, as to how to handle the Blakely decision's impact on sentencing. One judge has convene a jury to decided whether a defendant will receive an "exceptional sentence." A different judge has stated that she lacks the authority to convene a sentencing jury. And a third judge allowed the prosecutor to amend the indictment.

The New York Times is running a story about the case of a 25 year old record producer who faces 63 years in prison for dealing marijuana. His sentence is as high as it is because he chose to go to trial, lost and ran into some federal mandatory minimums. His case has drawn the attention of some anti-mandatory minimum advocates. You can get some excellent background on this case from Sentencing Law and Policy here.

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