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September 17, 2005

Is the Booker remedy here to stay?

A forthcoming issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter asks the policy question, "Is a Booker Fix Needed?".  But lately I have been pondering the practical question of whether a Booker fix seems likely, at least in the near future.  I am starting to think that, for political and legal reasons, the Booker remedy may persist for some time.

Political reasons for the persistence of the Booker remedy:  Though I was grumpy that criminal justice issues did not arise during the Roberts hearing (wrap up here, rev up here), the lack of discussion of crime and punishment perhaps suggests that the overall political salience of these issues is relatively low right now.  And, through the fall, we should probably expect the public to remain focused on hurricane aftermath, and expect the Senate Judiciary Committee to remain focused on Supreme Court nominees.

Of course, at any moment, the House "Booker fix" provision of HR 1528 could come back to life and AG Gonzales could step up his advocacy for the creation of a minimum guideline system (background here).  Nevertheless, because the Booker remedy managed to preserve so much of the pre-Blakely status quo, it will be difficult to make a case politically that developing a Booker fix is more pressing than other matters of public policy.

Legal reasons for the persistence of the Booker remedy: As I note in my introductory commentary to the latest FSR issue, even though Booker clarified the legal meaning and impact of Blakely for the federal sentencing system, any effort to significantly alter the structure of federal sentencing remains fraught with doctrinal uncertainty because of the continued uncertainty that surrounds Harris and Almendarez-Torres.  Indeed, as first explained here way back in June, the on-going transitions in the composition of the Supreme Court make the uncertain precedents of Harris and Almendarez-Torres even more uncertain (especially given the current SCOTUS head-count on Apprendi-Blakely issues).

Though I am bad at predicting how and when the Supreme Court will act, I expect and sincerely hope the the Supreme Court will grant cert, sometime in the next few months, on at least one of the many pressing post-Blakely and post-Booker questions that need to be answered.  Once cert is granted, especially if the case involves a big issue like the Almendarez-Torres prior conviction exception, it will be quite easy (and perhaps quite sensible) for policy-makers and advocates to urge holding off on any legislative action until the Supreme Court further clarifies the meaning and reach of Blakely and Booker.

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I am an interested person. I concur that a Booker fix or the Courts will not disrupt the current status of how sentencing is being conducted and those in the pipeline. I do not see a cert being granted on post Booker sentencing. The lower courts will continue sentencing using the guidelines and justifying there sentencing. They will continue to sentence enhancement as before with judge's determination based upon prepondunce of the evidence. (Some judges may require more proof however it is the judges decision. Each circuit court will continue it remain according to their determination. The issue of plain error will not be address as the pipeline cases will be dispose of within the next year.

The validity and scope of the "prior conviction" exception will continue to left up to the circuit courts.
The retroactive issue is dying and will not be address by the SC. If the SC takes this issue it will rule no retroactivity to stop the litigation or defense attorney stop and this issue becomes a losing issue.

Booker pipelines issues of plain error will not be a continuing issue after all the pipeline cases are resolved. The SC will just let it die.

In conclusion, for what it is worth I see sentencing issues raised by Brooker being left to the lower and circuit courts to deal with.
After the uproar is over sentencing guidelines will continue as before but with different magic words to justify the sentencing according to the guidelines. However what Brooker did was give some creditability to trial judge’s diversion from the guidelines. From a lay person the fire was turn down a couple of degrees. Trial judges are still under the gun to do as recommended by the PR and diversion from the recommendation will happen a frequently as before with little decrease in sentencing per and post Brooker. Brooker was just a storm passing through the courts, once it over it back to normal.

Posted by: seaton | Sep 17, 2005 5:24:58 PM

These are thoughtful comments, seaton, though I think at some point the Supreme Court will have to address the validity and scope of the "prior conviction" exception.

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Posted by: Golden mobile phones co.ltd | Dec 1, 2005 5:54:09 AM

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Sony Ericsson K500i, $100
Sony Ericsson S700i $150
SONY ERICSSON P900 --US$150
Sony Ericsson: Z1010 $167
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SAMSUNG SGH-T200-- US$123
SAMSUNG SGH-T400-- US$69
SAMSUNG SGH-S300-- US$69
SAMSUNG SGH-E600 --US$149
SAMSUNG SGH-D410 --UD$150
SAMSUNG SGH-S105 --US$110
SAMSUNG SGH-P100 --US$100
SAMSUNG E310C ...US$99
SAMSUNG E800C ...US$189
ALCATEL One Touch 501-- US$39
ALCATEL One Touch 311-- US$35
ALCATEL One Touch 511-- US$49
PANASONIC GD67-- US$49
PANASONIC GD92-- US$69
PANASONIC GD90-- US$69
PANASONIC GD75-- US$79
PANASONIC GD55-- US$79
PANASONIC GD95-- US$79
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SIEMENS C55-- US$49
SIEMENS M35i-- US$59
SIEMENS S45i-- US$79
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Nokia N70 for just $138
Nokia N90 :$160
Motorola i265 :$125
Samsung SPH-V Siemens SXG75 :$100
PalmOne Unlocks Treo 650:$140
Nokia 6230i:$80
Sendo X2 Music Phone:$96
Panasonic X800 VS7 :$165
Motorola E1060 :$190
Nokia 6680:$220
Motorola A1010 PDA SmartPhone:$230
Sony Ericsson K600:$180
Nokia 6822 :$113
Treo 650:$170
Motorola i860:$112
Samsung SGH-D500:$180
Siemens S66:$60
Nokia 9300:$115
Samsung e316 :$140
Sony Ericcson K500
Nokia 7610:$136
Samsung SCH-a610:$160
Motorola E680:$195
Motorola A1000 :$200
Motorola V80:$120
Treo 600:$170
Sony Ericsson Z1010:$180
Samsung p207 :$200
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PANASONIC GU-87 TRIBAND-US$100
PANASONIC G-51 TRIBAND-US$130
PANASONIC GD67---------US$50
PANASONIC GD92US$70
PANASONIC GD90------US$70
PANASONIC GD75-----US$80
PANASONIC GD55------US$80
PANASONIC GD95------US$80
SIEMENS SL56 C/R[UNLOCK]TRIMODE-US$100
SIEMENS C45------------US$40
SIEMENS C55US$49
SIEMENS M35i------ US$60
SIEMENS S45i------US$80
SIEMENS S40------ US$90
SIEMENS SL42------ US$90
SIEMENS ME4US$79
SIEMENS SL45i------US$70
SIEMENS S55------US$70
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Posted by: Golden mobile phones co.ltd | Dec 1, 2005 5:56:04 AM

this could have better sales if it had mini SD slot and auto focus function on camera! i know panasonic can do it, i just dont know y dey didn't! Panasonic P505iS has memory expansion slot and was available way back last Nov 2003, and as far as i know it's the first mobile phone to have auto-focus function not to mention it has CCD sensor! mind you it has QVGA display already even way back then, so i don't really see d point y panasonic has sorted to come up with the V, SA & MX series that does not have an expansion for memory. (good work on the battery though)

Posted by: keylogger | Feb 9, 2006 11:39:10 PM

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