July 20, 2004

Indiana Decisions - More on Judge Barker's SD Ind. Blakely Rulings

Per these earlier entries (here and here) on the report in the Evansville paper that "Twice in the last two weeks, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker of Indianapolis has ruled the federal sentencing guidelines are unconstitutional and cited the Blakely ruling in her decisions," I contacted the Clerk's Office of the S.D. Indiana yesterday. Much thanks to Judge Barker's office for this response:

Ms. Oddi, in response to your question, Judge Barker tells me that these were rulings made orally at the bench at the commencement of the sentencing hearings. Because they were made applicable only to the single cases before Judge Barker at the time (in light of the current state of flux in the law), they are only available by accessing the transcripts from the court reporter(s).
Judge Barker's secretary also referred me to a source for the names of the cases -- I will insert that information here when I receive it.

Posted by Marcia Oddi at July 20, 2004 11:40 AM