It's been about a month since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory sentencing guidelines with its landmark Booker decision, and already seven appellate courts and a few trial judges have weighed in with a flurry of conflicting approaches to handling their new-found power. The courts have rendered opinions on who is entitled to a new sentencing hearing, the retroactivity of settled appeals and what may constitute a reasonable sentence. New pronouncements arrive almost daily.
Circuits Wrestle With Fallout From 'Booker'
The National Law Journal
February 18, 2005