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December 11, 2006

At least another month until Cunningham

Lyle Denniston reports at SCOTUSblog that, after today's two rulings and new orders, the Supreme Court "completed its public sessions until after the holidays [and its] next scheduled public sitting is Monday, Jan. 8."  This means that sentencing fans eagerly awaiting what the Court will say in the Cunningham case about Blakely's applicability to California's sentencing system will have to wait at least another month.

Some have speculated that, in light of the cert grants on Booker issues in Claiborne and Rita, the Court might not issue Cunningham until late Spring.  Personally, I would be surprised if the Justices will sit on Cunningham until it deals with Claiborne and Rita (which won't be argued until late February), but who know what we should expect from slow-poke SCOTUS these days. 

Of course, as the NY Times highlighted today, California has plenty of other things to worry about while it awaits new on the constitutionality of its sentencing system.

December 11, 2006 at 02:48 PM | Permalink


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The LA Times also has something new: Punishing prisoners at all costs. The federalist's punitopia myth is crumbling before their eyes.

Posted by: George | Dec 11, 2006 3:03:29 PM

My mistake. That post was supposed to go under "California's desperate need for reform."

Posted by: George | Dec 12, 2006 5:40:25 AM

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