Thursday, February 10, 2005

3rd Cir Ruling on Booker expected soon

We have been hearing persistent rumors that the 3rd Circuit will be issuing a broad ruling "soon" on Booker addressing which cases pending on appeal will be remanded for resentencing. Based on the Circuit's prior cases finding plain error and remanding where the incorrect guideline range was applied, e.g., Knight, 266 F.3d 203, 207 (3rd Cir. 2001), it would seem likely that the Circuit will take the broad approach that most circuits are taking and issue remands for resentencing in any case where the judge may have been inclinded to sentence lower under an advisory guideline system.
-- David McColgin, AFD Philadelphia

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