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November 22, 2004

Sentencing tease

I expected today to be a pretty big day in the world of sentencing with the penalty phase of the Scott Peterson trial scheduled to start (background here) and with the US Sentencing Commission hinting that its 15-year report would be released publicly (background here).  But it appears we must wait for both of these exciting developments.

As detailed in this AP story, Judge Alfred A. Delucci delayed the start of the penalty phase of Scott Peterson's trial for a week and said "We're going to have to go with this jury" in rejecting Peterson's arguments to seat a new jury.  More details about these rulings can be found in this CourtTV story, which suggests that Peterson's lawyers plan to appeal before the new November 30 scheduled start for the penalty phase.

Meanwhile, no news on the from the USSC on the 15-year report, though I remain hopeful that I will get to pour over Commission data while I pour gravy over my turkey left-overs.  The USSC does already deserve kudos for having now created this designated webpage for Booker and Fanfan materials.  I am hoping we will see data here soon, too.

November 22, 2004 at 05:40 PM | Permalink


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