High Court Sidesteps Sentencing-Case Retroactivity Issue


The Supreme Court said today that it would not use a Washington State rape case to decide whether a three-year-old decision prison sentences applies to older cases, the Associated Press reports. The ruling turned down a rapist’s plea to reduce his term.

The man had asked the court to reduce his 46-year prison term, imposed in 1998, based on the 2004 Blakely vs. Washington ruling that limited judges’ discretion. The high court has other cases pending that it could use to decide whether inmates can reopen challenges to prison sentences based on Blakely.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/09/AR2007010900497.html

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