While I'm eating I hear the semi-drunk guys behind me at the bar start to discuss the 9th Circuit. First, I find out that Scott Peterson is going to be found not guilty because the trial's in the 9th Circuit. Then I learn that the reason O.J. was found not guilty was because of the 9th Circuit. In fact "you can't get convicted of murder in the 9th Circuit unless they want you to." Then, before they returned to the more important discussion of the comparative length of NASCAR pit rows, I finally learned that you can't convict almost anybody out there because of the 9th Circuit.
Now, wait one sec. Lest ye think this is merely a plebeian attitude I point you to part of the Blakely argument Monday in the 4th Circuit:
When discussing possible remedies, McLoughlin suggested that the Fourth Circuit could follow the Ninth Circuit's decision in Ameline. A mild chuckle ran through the crowd at this notion.O.K. All that said, I have one request. Those of you who are out there writing practicums for those of us that don't have time to do it for ourselves (CLE's, legal magazines, law review articles, etc.) please, please, PUH-leez remember that if I quote a case from the 9th Circuit the reaction above will be played out in court. I know this is wrong. I know it is biased. I know it is dumb. I also know it is true. I need cites from other places - preferably southern or mid-western. Please. In addition to the numerous perfect cases from the west coast, give me a semi-useful cite from the 5th Circuit, or Alabama, or Ohio, or . . .