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April 13, 2008

Big SCOTUS sentencing week ahead

As previewed here at SCOTUSblog, this coming week brings some notable sentencing cases before the Justices:

On Tuesday, the Court is scheduled to hear argument in Greenlaw v. United States (07-330), involving appellate judges’ ability to increase sentences sua sponte, and Irizarry v. United States (06-7517), involving judges’ duty to notify parties before departing from the sentencing guidelines....

On Wednesday, the Court is scheduled to hear argument in Kennedy v. Louisiana (07-343), involving the constitutionality of imposing the death penalty for child rape....

In addition, there will be SCOTUS orders released on Monday and probably a few opinions released on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Many criminal justice cases are among those that have been pending before the Justices for the longest time since argument, so sentencing fans should gear up for what might be a very exciting week.  As evidenced by some media coverage assembled here at How Appealing, the Kennedy capital child rape case is likely to garner the most attention.  But I'll try to cover all the action, even though I am on the road much of this week.

UPDATE:  More proof today that Kennedy is the big SCOTUS case of the week comes from this front page article in the Washington Post, headlined "Child Rape Tests Limits Of Death Penalty: La. Law Spurs Review Of Eighth Amendment."

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