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September 1, 2005

Israeli proposal for sentencing guidelines

I rarely cover international sentencing developments, primarily because I can hardly keep up with all the news on domestic fronts.  Nevertheless, this article coming from Israel caught my eye for its report on a proposal from the Israeli Justice Ministry for the development of sentencing guidelines.  Interestingly, as the article notes, "High Court judges, including High Court president Aharon Barak, are said to strongly support the proposal." The article closes with a paragraph which suggests that Israeli officially are not fully up-to-date on all the latest Booker developments (or perhaps are very informed about the prevalence of federal mandatory minimum sentences):

"The legislation will act as a guideline for judges, similar to those already adopted in other countries, but unlike the legislation in the United States by which judges have almost no room for consideration when passing judgment," a justice ministry official said.

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