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July 20, 2005

Sentencing items around the blogsphere

Though much of the blogsphere, like this blog, is caught up in Roberts' talk, there are more than a few sentencing items that should not get lost in all the SCOTUS buzz:

  • CrimProf Blog here links to an interesting article about Missouri's repeal of a law passed "at a time when prison populations were soaring and state revenues were shrinking" that had "allowed certain nonviolent felons with no prior prison time to seek release after serving 120 days."

  • Dan Markel at Prawfsblawg has this post expressing concerns about the plea deal given by federal prosecutors to Eric Rudolph that took the death penalty off the table; Dan is troubled in part because "prosecutors agreed to make this deal after consulting the families of the victims of Rudolph's rampages and the majority of them agreed."

  • White Collar Crim Prof Blog here discusses the 10-year sentence that US District Judge Michael Baylson imposed on former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp following his conviction on conspiracy and right of honest services fraud charges.  Notably, that sentence was nearly 2 years longer than the 97 month guideline sentence that federal prosecutors had urged.

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