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November 7, 2004

Sentencing in the Sunday news

The newspapers today have an array of interesting reading on an array of interesting topics of sentencing law and policy.  The Sunday papers are thus another reminder of how many important non-Blakely topics should be the subject of on-going discussions even in the midst of the Blakely revolution.

For example, continuing the Proposition 66 post-mortem (previously discussed here), today there are thoughtful analyses of the defeat of the effort to amend California's Three Strikes Law in an LA Times article and editorial, and in pieces in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Bakersfield Californian.

Meanwhile, the reality of a commonplace death penalty in the US means too many stories to track regularly.  Nevertheless, interesting pieces in papers just today from Kentucky and Mississippi and Texas and Illinois provide a glimpse into the dynamic (and depressing) world of capital punishment.

And the fascinating (and Blakely-impacted) Enron trial in Houston (previously discussed here) has prompted this thoughtful Op-ed in the Houston Chronicle about sentencing in white-collar crime cases.  Notably, the piece ends with a strong endorsement of "Blakely-ization":

With the post-verdict [sentencing fact-finding jury] hearings, [US District Judge] Werlein may help ensure that the [Enron] barge trial defendants are sentenced only for crimes the jury actually finds them guilty of. That's not only justice, it's also common sense.

November 7, 2004 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

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