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January 9, 2007

Significant SCOTUS sentencing action this week?

I am now hoping for a big SCOTUS sentencing week to help me forget about the ugly butt kicking the Buckeyes took in the national championship game.  (On the football front, what was more surprising: how badly Troy Smith played or how badly Jim Tressel was out-coached?  Well, at least I got the over/under right.)

As previewed here at SCOTUSblog, Tuesday brings a capital sentencing case with SCOTUS argument on AEDPA and IAC issues in Schriro v. Landrigan.  But  I am really hoping we might get some rulings to spice up the new year.  Though I am not expecting too much, Cunningham (on Blakely's applicability in California) and Burton (on Blakely's retroactivity) and James (on the impact of certain priors) could all be handed down relatively soon.

January 9, 2007 at 12:15 AM | Permalink

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