October 24, 2005
Blakely/Booker cases on-line about to top 10,000!
Today, which happens to be exactly 16 months since the Blakely decision was handed down, a search on Westlaw in the allcases file in the form of "da(aft 6/24/2004) & (blakely booker) & sentenc!" produced 9946 case hits. (Interestingly, 3603 of these hits are in the allstates database, while 6343 come from the allfeds database.) A similar search in Lexis, for either the last year or the last six months, gets interrupted "because it will return more than 3000 results."
Notably, it was just over four months ago, as detailed in this post, that the total number of on-line case hits for this search topped 5000; it appears we are now getting more than 1000 Blakely or Booker decisions coming on-line each month. Especially given that these numbers do not reflect the tens of thousands of sentencings that Blakely or Booker have impacted which do not result in an on-line opinion, I view this data as providing further support for my (hyperbolic?) claim in this Slate piece last year that "Blakely is the biggest criminal justice decision not just of [the 2003 SCOTUS] term, not just of this decade, not just of the Rehnquist Court, but perhaps in the history of the Supreme Court."
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additionally, the third has remanded a ton of cases by order, and without any opinion whatsoever.
Posted by: jon | Oct 24, 2005 10:35:10 PM
In addition, there are undoubtedly lots of cases that may not directly refer to Booker or Blakely, but rather cite to the relevant post-Booker circuit decision.
Posted by: Shari Allison | Oct 28, 2005 10:40:47 AM