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Renee v. Duncan: The Perilous Pendulum of National Politics and a Pathway to Protecting Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Youth

24 Sep 2013 01:07am Sean Darling-Hammond 

Rehabilitating Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Analysis of Miller v. Alabama

18 Sep 2013 10:08pm Anna K. Christensen 

Is Twenty-Two Years Enough for the “Millennium Bomber”?: The Threat of Terrorism to Appellate Review of Sentences

03 Sep 2013 11:38pm Robin Kuntz 

Robin Kuntz, a current CLR member, analyzes the implications of the Ninth Circuit's decision in United States v. Ressam, the first case in the jurisdiction involving the criminal sentencing of a terrorist under the advisory Sentencing Guidelines. Kuntz concludes that although the Guidelines do not offer a clear standard by which a court must set a criminal defendant's punishment, this is advantageous, particularly in cases involving terrorists like the "Millennium Bomber," the defendant at the heart of Ressam.

This case note is one of seven written by California Law Review members for Circuit's first case note program. 

A Second Shot at Proving Murder: Sacrificing Double Jeopardy for Rigid Formalism in Blueford v. Arkansas

03 Sep 2013 11:37pm Jalem Peguero 

Third-year law student Jalem Peguero argues that the Supreme Court's decision in Blueford v. Arkansas  trades constitutional protection for rigid formalism.  The Blueford Court sanctioned the retrial of criminal defendants for offenses where a jury did not formally acquit the defendant; accordingly, Peguero claims, the Court prevented even clear statements by jury forepersons in open court about the finality of their decisions from operating to protect a defendant from "Double Jeopardy."

This case note is one of seven written by California Law Review members for Circuit's first case note program. 

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