In Blakely v. Washington, the United States Supreme Court held that Washington's state criminal sentencing procedure did not comply with the defendant's Sixth Amendment jury trial guarantee. A criminal defendant has the right to have a jury decide all facts legally essential to punishment. This decision is important for its impact on criminal sentencing procedures, especially regarding its implications for the federal sentencing guidelines.
McKelvey, Rebecca K.
"Blakely v. Washington: Criminal Sentencing and the Sixth Amendment Limitation on Judicial Factfinding,"
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 56:
3, Article 12.
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