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April 12, 2005

Monday's Booker news from the courts

I am back home from my quick trip to the North Star state, and soon I will provide a lot more details and raise a series of questions about the Booker fix which is brewing in the US House of Representatives.  But let me first quickly report on some of the Booker news coming from the courts today:

  • As the AP reports here, and as the White Collar Crime Prof Blog discusses here,  Martha Stewart's bid to have her sentence reduced was rejected by "Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in a tersely worded three-page order."

  • A lightning quick tour around the circuits reveals that every federal circuit save two of three issued a Booker opinion of some sort today (Thanks to AL&P for a few highlights here and here). Today's circuit rulings that appeared most notable based on my all-too-rapid review were from the Eighth Circuit in US v. Marcussen, No. 04-2935 (8th Cir. Apr. 11 2005) (available here) (addressing criminal history issues, harmless error and reasonableness), and from the Tenth Circuit in US v. Jeffrey, No. 04-8009 (10th Cir. Apr. 8, 2005) (available here) (addressing the scope of the prior conviction exception).

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