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September 11, 2005

Minnesota struggling with its Blakely pipeline

As evidenced most recently by protestations from some 11th Circuit judges, the federal courts have struggled greatly with a range of Booker pipeline issues.  And this interesting article from Minnesota details that the North Star State is struggling greatly with its own Blakely pipeline issues in the wake of the Minnesota Supreme Court's recent decision in Shattuck (discussed here).  Here is a snippet:

A recent state Supreme Court opinion has some legal experts puzzling over whether dozens of the state's most dangerous felons will get out of jail early or have to be resentenced.  Judges, lawyers and law professors say much of their confusion hinges on nine words at the end of the so-called Shattuck decision....

"The impact of Shattuck to me is unclear," said Dakota County Judge Robert King, Jr., .... "We didn't get a whole lot of guidance from the Supreme Court."  Hoping to clear up the confusion, the Hennepin County attorney's office has asked for a formal clarification or correction of the opinion.

September 11, 2005 at 01:14 PM | Permalink

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