January 10, 2005
Dealing during the interregnum
A few months ago I commented on post-Blakely, pre-Booker delays, deals and dodges, and I hope someone systematically studies these matters whenever this interregnum come to a close (which may be real soon). Triggering my interest today, in addition to the recent report on former Connecticut Gov. Rowland's plea deal (detailed here), is news from the White Collar Crim Prof Blog on seemingly sweet federal deals made in another public fraud case and a criminal copyright case.
I wonder if the US Sentencing Commission or others might be able to compare the number and nature of deals made pre- and post-Blakely. Just another fertile area for inquiry (and more proof Blakely ensures permanent employment for sentencing academics and researchers).
UPDATE: And speaking of interesting plea dynamics, this article updates a story, first noted here, concerning an effort by a Chicago white-collar offender to plead guilty to fraud changes without admitting to any Blakely factors.
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I would be interested in knowing whether he still got a reduction for acceptance of responsibility.
Posted by: Law Offices of Richard Crane | Jan 11, 2005 9:30:37 AM