Judicial Reaction to Blakely Sentencing Decision
We hear federal judges all over the country are continuing (in layspeak: postponing) sentencing hearings as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Blakely this week (see here and here.) No one yet is certain how to apply it. In our federal court (Colorado), we have it on good authority that the following colloquy occurred yesterday between a judge and a terrorism prosecutor:
The Judge called Blakely a "cataclysmic event" in criminal law. He told an AUSA from the terrorism section in DC to read it on the plane ride home. He opined that "If the turbulance doesn't make you toss your cookies, Blakely will."
[hat tip DL, Esq.]
Update: Sunday's New York Times examines the impact of the decision here.
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