January 13, 2005
More on Sentencing
The comments on Booker are everywhere:
The government press release on the case makes it clear that they are not particularly happy with advisory guidelines.
Expressed in the Detroit News is that the sky is falling. The very title of the article tells it all-, "Ruling to affect hundreds of Detroit federal defendants."
The NACDL Press Room is filling up quickly with articles that have quotes from President Barry Scheck.
Clearly Booker is an important decision. Clearly it changes some of the premises upon which sentencing proceeds. Clearly there are questions that will arise from this decision that necessitate further Court review. And yes, some of the draconion sentences may now be history. But other than that, lets sit back and wait to see what happens. There are some of us who do not anticipate the roller coster ride that others envision in the upcoming months.
Addendum- Check out Professor Ron Wright's thoughts as he takes over the Berman blog for a few hours.