December 21, 2004
Interesting state Blakely reports
Two interesting newspapers stories this morning on the Blakely beat:
- This article from Oregon discusses the state's continuing efforts to deal with the fallout from Blakely. This article discusses the Oregon Supreme Court's ruling last week in Dilts (detailed here), and notes that lawyers now "disagree about what happens next in Oregon." The article also indicates that these matters are "under review by a task force appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and headed by [state Attorney General] Myers and by a joint legislative committee."
- This article from Missouri mixes Blakely with sports, as it reports that Leonard Little, a member of the St. Louis Rams, is invoking Blakely to try to get his pending felony drunken driving charge dismissed. As the article explains, Little's lawyers have argued in papers "filed with the Missouri Supreme Court that by Missouri law, a judge, not a jury, has decided that Little is a persistent offender, and the statute that makes his pending case a felony therefore fails to pass muster."
I recall that this mysterious blogger encouraged me to watch a lot of football to take my mind of of Blakely and Booker/Fanfan. But apparently even football players have Blakely claims to make.
UPDATE: And here's an article from Minnesota detailing that a former state judge is invoking Blakely in an effort to reduce his prison sentence for stealing money from a mentally disabled woman.
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Is there a constitutional right to pled guilty to an indictment over the governmnet's objection?
Posted by: Bob Leen | Dec 21, 2004 5:03:29 PM
Sorry, I neglected to identify myself. I am a defense attorney.
Posted by: Bob Leen | Dec 21, 2004 5:04:42 PM