July 22, 2004
Justice O'Connor speaks!!
According to this news report, Justice O'Connor spoke briefly about Blakely at the Ninth Circuit conference:
"It looks like a No. 10 earthquake to me," O'Connor told the annual conference of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.... [She also said] she was "disgusted in how we dealt with it."
July 22, 2004 at 09:51 PM | Permalink
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Is this the same Justice O'Connor who wants to look to European standards, rather than the US Constitution she swore to uphold when she entered office? The Blakely decision is the first major Supreme Court decision in a long time that the signers of the Constitution would agree with. Most of the other meaningful decisions fly in the face of the safeguards of liberty written into the Constitution. I am very familiar with a case where the court pursuaded the Defendant to accept a plea bargain by speaking from the bench about how large the sentence would be if no plea was entered. The plea bargain was 6 months probated. The judge then sentenced 1 year hard time and several years after probation. This is contrary to a Supreme Court case which says that if the judge varies from the plea, as in any contract law situation, the defendant can rescind the plea contract. Appeals courts have ignored these types of rulings for years.
Posted by: Hamilton McMenamy | Jul 23, 2004 6:02:40 PM
The Blakely decision is the first major Supreme Court decision in a long time that the signers of the Constitution would agree with.
Posted by: Robe de Soirée 2013 | Dec 13, 2012 12:51:04 AM