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HB 1655 Sentencing guidelines; appeals.

Introduced by: Joseph C. Lindsey (by request) | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Sentencing guidelines; appeals. Allows a court's failure to file the required written explanation deviating from the discretionary sentencing guidelines to be reviewable on appeal, provided that the sentence imposed exceeded the maximum of the sentencing guidelines range by more than 12 months. The bill provides that the appellate court reviewing the sentence shall (i) determine whether there exists evidence of potential bias by the court that imposed the sentence and (ii) if such evidence is found, review the sentence for abuse of discretion.


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