Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Chief Judge Jones on the new sentencing confusion

Today's Roanoke paper has this article ("Court sentencings on hold while ruling is deciphered," 6/30/04) with comments from Chief Judge Jones over the confusion about whether the federal sentencing procedural is constitutional in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling in Blakely v. Washington, which extends the rule of Apprendi to apparently prohibit any fact-finding by the judge and not the jury in support of sentencing.

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