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December 9, 2004

More Blakely news from the field

Two more interesting news reports about the post-Blakely worlds of state and federal sentencing:

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The second one includes this strange line, "Taseff said it is not unusual for state courts to refer convicted felon firearm cases to the federal courts, as the sentence imposed in a lower court would likely carry about half the federal prison sentence." That makes no sense.

Posted by: Law Clerk | Dec 9, 2004 3:02:00 PM

While it is true that a state _court_ would not refer a case to a federal court, a state _prosecutor_ could (and often does) transfer the case to the federal system for the reasons articulated in the quote. In fact, I know of a number of federal US Attorney's offices who employ Special US Attorneys who work for both the state and the feds just so felon-in-possession cases can be moved to federal court in a more efficient manner.

Posted by: District Clerk Battling Blakely | Dec 9, 2004 3:35:13 PM

Well, of course that is true. I have never seen an (s)AUSA who is a part-time state prosecutor, but maybe I missed something there. Are you sure they are in the employ of both entitites.

Also, the article states that somehow a state court is a "lower" court.

Posted by: lawclerk | Dec 9, 2004 3:39:51 PM

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