Thursday, March 23, 2006

California felony sentencing being reviewed in Supreme Court.

The US Supreme Court agreed to accept review of People v. Black the California Supreme Court case that upheld California's determinate sentencing scheme against a Blakely challenge.

Very soon we will know what all those California courts that are requiring Blakely waivers, already know: that California's scheme which allows a judge to aggravate a sentence is unconstitutional.

see summary of recent developments in People v. Black click below:

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