The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ordered a district court to re-examine a criminal sentence in light of Blakely v. Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court sentencing decision that has thrown criminal practice into disarray across the country. The 9th Circuit order comes just before the court appoints a committee that will study the impact of Blakely, and marks the first time the decision has appeared in a published 9th Circuit matter.
First 'Blakely' Sighting at 9th Circuit; More Expected
July 14, 2004