“All Blakely All The Time” For U.S. Prosecutors

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Talk to any federal prosecutor and the same name will be on virtually all of their minds: Blakely, reports the Seattle Times. Often, it will be accompanied by a throwing up of the hands, or even a scowl. Blakely vs. Washington was the U.S. Supreme Court decision last month that said the Constitution prohibits judges from increasing sentences based on their own estimation of the severity of a crime. The case involved a Washington state man, Ralph H. Blakely, who said his punishment on kidnapping charges was too harsh. Experts say Blakely will wind up taking the guts . . .

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