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Friday, February 11, 2005

Unpub'd 3rd Cir decision remanding under Booker

As Professor Berman notes on his up-to-the-minute sentencing blog, http://sentencing.typepad.com/, the Third Circuit has finally issued an opinion, albeit an unpublished and non-precedential one, that addresses the issue of remand under Booker. The defense raised a Blakely objection to the sentence imposed through a motion for summary remand shortly after Blakely was decided, which the Court held C.A.V. pending a decision in Booker. The Court simply states,

The Supreme Court also held that the Booker decision applies to all cases on direct review, and remanded the cases involved in Booker for resentencing. Id. at 769. Accordingly, Booker applies to the case before us. Having determined that the sentencing issues Mortimer raises are best determined by the District Court in the first instance, we will vacate the sentence and remand for resentencing in light of Booker.

US v. Mortimer, (decision a) http://www.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/034174np.pdf

Since this appears to have been on review for plain error, it seems likely that the Circuit has concluded it will be remanding for resentencing most if not all cases where a Blakely/Booker issue has been raised, and that it is putting the finishing touches on a soon-to-be-issued precedential opinion. I am hearing that "soon" now means next week, or the following week.

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