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December 2, 2005

Eleventh Circuit opines at length about post-Booker sentencing and review

Capping off an eventful Booker week (details here), today in US v. Talley, No. 05-11353 (11th Cir. Dec. 2, 2005) (available here), an 11th Circuit panel spoke at length about post-Booker sentencing practices and its approach to reasonableness review.  Here are a few highlights:

[W]hen the district court considers the factors of section 3553(a), it need not discuss each of them.... [A]n acknowledgment by the district court that it has considered the defendant's arguments and the factors in section 3553(a) is sufficient under Booker....

The United States argues that a "sentence at the low end of the applicable advisory Sentencing Guidelines range is, per se, a reasonable sentence."  This argument does not comport with the Booker decision....

Although we reject the argument of the United States that a sentence within the Guidelines range is per se reasonable, we agree that the use of the Guidelines remains central to the sentencing process....

Although either a defendant or the government can appeal a sentence within the Guidelines range and argue that it is unreasonable, ordinarily we would expect a sentence within the Guidelines range to be reasonable.  After Booker, our ordinary expectation still has to be measured against the record, and the party who challenges the sentence bears the burden of establishing that the sentence is unreasonable in the light of both that record and the factors in section 3553(a).

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