Another Blakely Decision
Another district judge, Stewart Dalzell, weighs in on Blakely's impact on the federal sentencing guidelines:
A federal judge yesterday halved the recommended 30-year prison sentence for a West Philadelphia drug dealer, ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision voiding Washington state's sentencing guidelines had doomed the federal guidelines as well.
Yesterday, following the Supreme Court's theory in Blakely, Dalzell stripped away any sentencing enhancements not based on facts included in the charges to which Leach himself pleaded guilty.
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