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Monday, January 22, 2007

Government & Friends File Rita & Claiborne Briefs

On the heels of the Court's Cunningham decision earlier today, the Solicitor General filed the government's briefs in Rita and Claiborne. In case the SG missed something, the U.S. Sentencing Commission weighed in, adding its self-defense by filing an amicus brief for both cases. Three prominent Senators -Kennedy, Hatch and Feinstein - filed as amici in support of affirmance in the Claiborne case. In addition to briefs, the government filed appendices, including relevant constitutional and statutory provisions and separate statistical analysis in appendix 31a and 32a. The petitioner's filings and their amicus briefs were collected here last month. Oral argument will occur February 20. Preparation of reply briefs and moot courts will fill counsels' days between now and then.