Judges still may not impose sentences above the range written into law by Congress or state legislatures. But the decision on Monday gives judges broad discretion to impose sentences higher or lower than the guidelines, which are not statutes and are issued by the United States Sentencing Commission.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
SCOTUS gives district judges more discretion in sentencing
Linda Greenhouse has this report. Here is taste:
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