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January 2, 2005

Gearing up for a exciting sentencing month

Though perhaps nothing can match the excitement of Texas' win in the Rose Bowl (at least for USSC Chair Judge Hinojosa) or Iowa's win in the Capital One Bowl, January should be quite the exciting sentencing month.  Following what was perhaps the most remarkable sentencing year ever, there is no slowing down at the start of the new year.

I have previously detailed the many compelling capital sentencing stories developing in January, and thus here I will note just a few of the major forthcoming non-capital sentencing events:

January 6-8: The annual law professors' conference will have a number of significant sentencing panels and events (details to follow in a subsequent post).

January 11: The next date on which the Supreme Court may hand down opinions and thus a possible (likely?) date for a decision in Booker and Fanfan.

Mid-Late January(?): If Booker and Fanfan come down in the first few weeks of January and if Blakely is applied to the federal guidelines, there will likely be hearings scheduled to address the future of federal sentencing in both the US Congress and the US Sentencing Commission (not to mention, I would suspect, many lower court rulings of note).

January 21-22: Columbia Law School will conduct this terrific symposium addressing state sentencing.

Throughout January(?): State legislatures in many states will likely start considering statutory Blakely fixes (see reports on plans in North Carolina and Washington), while state courts continue to try to sort out all of the Blakely fallout (as detailed here and here, the recent pace of state Blakely rulings is remarkable).

I will be closely watching the legal happenings to see if my suggested New Year's sentencing resolutions get followed for at least a month, and also to see how CJ Rehnquist's themes play out in such a dynamic month.

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