On the first day of its fall term, the Supreme Court appeared poised to find the 17-year-old federal sentencing guideline system unconstitutional. The tenor of the discussion surrounding the two cases heard Monday suggested that most of the justices seemed to assume that their controversial Blakely decision does indeed apply to the federal guidelines. The focus instead was on what happens next and how large the impact will be on federal sentencing.
Supreme Court Considers Federal Sentencing Guidelines After 'Blakely'
October 5, 2004