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July 5, 2005

Another editorial against AG's proposed Booker fix

I have linked previously here and here to recent editorials assailing AG Alberto Gonzales speech last month advocating a Booker fix.  (The speech's basics are here, and my commentary can be accessed here and here and here.)  This morning, the The News Journal of Delaware adds this editorial entitled, "It's too soon to say judges are going soft on criminal sentences."  The piece concludes:

Attorney General Gonzales points to a number of similar cases in various states so far in 2005 that ended with disparate results.  His examples are too few to merit the degree of alarm he's trying to provoke.  Judges are still subject to the appeals process and potential reversal.

On the whole, unchaining the judgment of those on the bench returns the court system to the intended balance between prosecution and defense.

July 5, 2005 at 09:41 AM | Permalink


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