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Supreme Court Rejects California Sentencing Law

Publication Date: 
January 22, 2007
San Jose Mercury News
Michael Doyle

"San Jose Mercury News" quotes Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Co-Director and Professor Pamela S. Karlan about the Supreme Court limiting the authority of judges to impose tough sentences.

But Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan, in a brief filed for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, argued the sentencing revisions "will not be unduly problematic." Juries might only require an extra hour for the extra sentencing work, defense attorneys say - if that.

"The vast majority of defendants will enter into plea deals, waive their right to jury trials or stipulate to certain aggravating facts," Karlan predicted.