16 August 2003

Federal Sentencing Guidelines:

(1) An article decrying Ashcroft and attempts to stop downward departures.

(2) An article describing the unhappiness (and resignations) of conservative judges over how draconian the guidleines are.

(3) An article describing how prosecutors are attempting to invalidate statutes of limitations by filing "John Doe" indictments without knowing who the suspect even is (they are filing it by using an item of evidence and claiming it for identification: DNA). Just imagine getting a client 20 years later on a cold DNA hit and trying to put together evidence. It's a nightmare. Of course, since we don't have felony statutes of limitations in Virginia it's a nightmare every attorney faces here once in a while (although the furthest back I've had has been 8 years).


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