November 11, 2004

First Circuit's Leadership Role in Blakely Strikeouts

As noted by Professor Douglas Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy here, with the opinion in United States v. Fraser, 2004 WL 2537410, No. 04-1100 (1st Cir. Nov. 10, 2004), the First Circuit maintained its status "as a leader in affirming convictions over Blakely objections on plain error grounds." No liberals at the First!* The Circuit Judges, who share the Courthouse with the Judges from the District of Massachusetts, must wonder at times whether they are from a different planet.

See also our previous post: "Is Pedro Martinez pitching at the First Circuit?"

* I hope none of the Circuit Judges takes offense at missing out on being labeled with the "L" word.