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August 20, 2007

Rita rehearing request rejected by SCOTUS

Lyle Denniston reports here at SCOTUSblog that the Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its decision in Rita. Here's the basics:

Rita's counsel had asked for rehearing by seeking to rely upon President Bush's clemency order in the CIA leak case.  The petition also had urged the Court to reconsider its 2005 decision in U.S. v. Booker that salvaged the federal Sentencing Guidelines by making them advisory, not mandatory. 

This was one significant order on the summer list released at 10 a.m. Monday -- the second of three summer lists.  The third and final of these orders will be released Aug. 31.

This is not at all surprising, but it would have been exciting if the Justices has at least required the Government to respond to the rehearing request.

August 20, 2007 at 10:32 AM | Permalink


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