No High Court Post-Blakely Decision Before January

Update: No decision today in Booker or FanFan--it will be January at the earliest.

The potentially biggest criminal law decision in the past 20 years could come down this morning from the Supreme Court. Booker and Fanfan will determine the fate of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines in the post-Blakely nation.

It may not be good news, either way. If the Supreme Court invalidates the guidelines, many think Congress already has the bills drafted to create mandatory minimum sentences for every federal crime.

TalkLeft's frequent contributing blogger TChris is counsel for Mr. Booker and argued the case in the Supreme Court. He must be on pins and needles....Good luck, TChris. He did an outstanding job for his client.

Check in with Law Prof Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy for late-breaking developments. ScotusBlog and How Appealing as well.

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