Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday called for requiring federal judges to adhere to guidelines that set mandatory minimum prison sentences, saying there is evidence of growing disparity in jail terms since a landmark Supreme Court ruling in January. He also said judges should retain their discretion in imposing harsher prison terms than those set out in sentencing guidelines. Gonzales said that since January's ruling, he has seen "a drift toward lesser sentences."
Attorney General Calls for Mandatory Minimum Prison Terms
The Associated Press
June 22, 2005
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