Nearly two years ago, the congressional Feeney Amendment and its get-tough approach to locking up criminals and scrutinizing federal judges' sentencing decisions was the talk of the bench and the bar. Today, Feeney is dead, slain by the U.S. Supreme Court. In light of the Court's Jan. 12 decisions making the federal sentencing guidelines advisory, not mandatory, the Feeney Amendment has "ceased to be relevant," in the words of Justice Stephen Breyer.
The Short Life of the Feeney Amendment
Daily Business Review
January 24, 2005