Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the 11th Circuit has blasted district court judges and his own colleagues for "fostering disrespect for the rule of law" in their rulings and statements about criminal sentencing guidelines. Tjoflat wrote last week that his court's tough standard for finding "plain error" in sentencing decisions made under federal guidelines essentially requires trial judges to criticize their own sentencing decisions as unjust. But that, he said, has pernicious consequences.
11th Circuit Judge Blasts Colleagues for Sentencing Stance
Daily Business Review
September 8, 2005