So just what does no longer mandatory mean?

TalkLeft notes that the first post-Booker decision is out already, and it doesn’t sound good. Judge Paul Cassell took the Supreme Court’s decision that sentencing guidelines are no longer mandatory to mean that they should be followed in every case except rare exceptional cases.
“bullet” TalkLeft also has the 9th Circuit decision to eliminate the need for the “knock” part of “Knock and Announce” Warrants.

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