In an unprecedented and controversial move, the House Judiciary Committee has threatened to issue subpoenas for records relating to the sentencing decisions of a federal judge in Minnesota who, it asserts, has let drug offenders off too easily. It has triggered a tug-of-war over the independence of the judiciary, with one side pulling to retain discretionary power on the bench and the other yanking for more oversight.
Congress Comes After a Federal Judge
The National Law Journal
March 24, 2003