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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Supremes on sentencing


U.S. Supreme Court Posted by Hello

The Supreme Court could decide as early as today whether to toss federal sentencing guidelines, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Some experts expect the court to reject the guidelines because they let judges boost sentences based on facts not proved to a jury. One Pittsburgh judge has already ruled the guidelines violate the Constitution.

The court's June decision in Blakely v. Washington set the stage for the current debate. In the Blakely case, the court threw out a Washington state law under which a judge tacked time to a kidnapping sentence because he decided the man acted with "deliberate cruelty."

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