Judges and legal scholars working on new guidelines for sentencing federal criminals told sentencing commission members this week they have a chance to rewrite a flawed system. About 30,000 cases have backed up since the Supreme Court's Blakely v. Washington decision raised questions about the guidelines' legality. The Court is considering if the guidelines must be replaced because they call for judges, not juries, to consider factors that can add years to prison sentences.
Judges Press Sentencing Commission on Federal Guidelines
The Associated Press
November 18, 2004