30 January 2004

TalkLeft points to a judge who believes that the Congress is trying to bully him into sentencing harshly and is now filming his sentencing hearings because he thinks the appellate court needs to see the hearings. He apparently is taking the position that when the appellate court agrees with the prosecution that the trial judge has not sentenced harshly enough it is resentencing the Defendant and needs to see the actual hearing.

It's interesting but I have to wonder whether the appellate court will actually view the tapes or if it will only read the briefs and listen to oral argument. If the Defense gets a copy I guess it could try citing to date-time stamps on the tape to force the appellate court to view the film.

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