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July 19, 2004

More Blakely in the headlines

Howard Bashman over at How Appealing has already effectively collected a whole lot of morning Blakely news here.

This article from the Houston Chronicle covers the federal story well, and it also reports that "interest [in Blakely] is so high in the legal community that at least five Web sites devoted to Blakely have sprung up in the past two weeks." Similarly, this article from the Salt Lake Tribune and this article from the Belleville News-Democrat take a broader look at what Blakely could ultimately mean for federal sentencing.

This article from the Arizona Republic covers the Arizona state sentencing angle well, and it notes that "more than 98 percent of criminal cases in Maricopa County are settled by plea agreement [and prosecutors are hoping that] potential problems can be sidestepped by requiring defendants out front to waive their right to have a jury decide aggravating factors." Similarly, this article from the Fayetteville Observer examines the impact of Blakely in for North Carolina state sentencing, and notes that "local defense lawyers and prosecutors had differing opinions about how the ruling would affect North Carolina's courts."

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Posted by: steve brown | Jul 19, 2004 10:50:39 AM

I am a law student in Wisconsin. I am interested in suggestions for good Blakely argument strategies for a inmate who is still within the time period for their FIRST 2255. I am working on a substantive law argument, a procedural law argument and an inneffective assistance of counsel argument but need ideas and suggestions for all. I can be reached at cjlastinger@wisc.edu

Posted by: Corey Lastinger | Jul 19, 2004 12:46:52 PM

I did 8yrs. 8mo. 14 days on a 15yr."old Law" federal(parole)sentence. My guidelines were 52-64 mos.I started in 1990 and am still on parole in spite of my parole officer trying to have my parole terminated for 3 yrs. I worked in the law library while inside. I want you to know that what you are doing is probably the most important project in America today. I was guilty of the crimes charged and did not cooperate with the government in any way. I understand punishment but not our government's ruining of lives. I saw thousands of lives ruined in several federal institutions by the "guidelines" and especially the upward departures. Please put someone competent on the cite while you are on vacation. Thank you for helping people who have no one else to help them. I truely believe you have given them hope. Mike Gilbert

Posted by: Mike Gilbert | Jul 19, 2004 1:43:39 PM

I was guilty of the crimes charged and did not cooperate with the government in any way.

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