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December 12, 2004

Thoughtful coverage of major sentencing issues

I have praised the press's recent potent coverage of a range of sentencing law and policy issues (some examples here and here and here), and this morning there are more fine articles on all the most important sentencing issues of the day:

  • This article from the St. Cloud Times provides a complete and insightful review of the impact of Blakely on Minnesota state sentencing.  (Other weekend articles on Blakely's impact in other states are here.)  The article includes the important news that the "fear of numerous two-part trials hasn't materialized" after Blakely apparently because many courts are using "special verdict forms that ask jurors whether they believe the aggravating factors exist" at the main trial of guilt.

  • This article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, written by state Judge Michael Brennan, serves as a fitting follow-up to the paper's terrific series of sentencing articles entitled "Locked In: The Price Of Truth In Sentencing" (detailed here and here and here).  Judge Brennan in his article reviews, with many national insights, the state of sentencing in Wisconsin.

  • This article in The Oregonian thoroughly reviews a challenge to the state's death penalty laws which could "threaten the death sentences of all 29 men on Oregon's Death Row."  The article provides even more fuel for my recent speculation here that the punishment of death may itself be dying a slow death.

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