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February 27, 2006

A bit more Cunningham coverage

The San Francisco Chronicle has this article which highlights the importance of the Supreme Court's cert grant in Cunningham, the California Blakely case, and details that SCOTUS involvement has already had an impact on California sentencing practices:

Uncertainty surrounds thousands of prison sentences in California after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would decide whether the state's 29-year-old sentencing system violates a defendant's right to a jury trial....

Some California prosecutors are changing their practices to cushion the impact of a possible ruling declaring the current procedures unconstitutional, said David LaBahn, executive director of the California District Attorneys Association.  He said such a ruling would probably shorten some sentences but would not require wholesale changes.

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