The Supreme Court's war on sentencing guidelines.

The Supreme Court's war on sentencing guidelines.

The law, lawyers, and the court.
Jan. 23 2007 6:43 PM

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The Supreme Court's war on sentencing guidelines.

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Cunningham is only the court's first word on the subject this term. In two cases to be argued next month, the court will fill in more detail about how much discretion federal judges actually now have. Doug Berman, law professor and sentencing blogger extraordinaire, thinks that both cases look like vehicles for additional change and leniency. In one, the defendant is a military veteran whose perjury crime looks more like a misunderstanding than a deliberate lie. In the second, an appeals court supplied the facts it relied on to reverse the sentencing break given by a trial judge. Get ready for more destruction.

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