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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Radical change or more of the same?

A day after the Supreme Court rejected the federal sentencing guidelines, observers are scratching their heads over what the ruling actually means. Ohio State Law Professor Douglas Berman explained it well on NPR today: depending on the judge, it can mean radical change or more of the same.

A roundup of news stories shows how even reporters had difficulty explaining the significance of the ruling. The Post-Gazette reports the guidelines can stay on the books as an advisory for judges, conceding the practical effects of the ruling are hard to predict. Another story says local judges are reacting favorably to the ruling.


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