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August 17, 2005

Morning tour around the blogosphere

More than a few sentencing-related item around the blogosphere caught my eye this morning:

  • Lyle Denniston over at SCOTUSblog has this informative post discussing the state of challenges to state felon disenfranchisement laws, which notes that the "deepening controversy over denial of voting rights to those convicted of serious crimes -- an issue that has split the Circuit Courts in recent years -- is back at the Supreme Court."

  • TalkLeft has this interesting report on a Massachusetts drug case starting to get national attention because an 17-year-old honor student is facing a two-year mandatory prison sentence for a relatively minor marijuana offense.

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Just an update on the Ninth Circuit blog's take on U.S. v. Dupas, No. 04-50055. The 9th issued an amended opinion yesterday (8/16/05) removing the "resonable doubt ... foreclosed by Ameline" and "Ameline precludes the court from relying on factual statements in the PSR ... only if defendant 'contests the factual basis of a PSR'" language in footnote 5. The 9th instead left the issues for "the district court to decide in the first instance."

Cynthia S. Hahn, AFPD
Reno, NV

Posted by: Cynthia Hahn | Aug 17, 2005 12:47:31 PM

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