Wednesday, January 12, 2005
From the SCOTUS blog, this brief discussion of the Supreme Court's decision announced Jan. 12 in U.S. v. Booker:
The Supreme Court ruled today that the federal Sentencing Guidelines must satisfy the standards of the Sixth Amendment as applied in the Court's ruling in Blakely v. Washington. Justice Stevens wrote an opinion on that point, and Justice Breyer wrote a separate opinion saying that the Guidelines can no longer be mandatory, but can continue to operate "in a manner consistent with congressional intent."
The opinion is available here and on Westlaw (2005 WL 50108). (ph)