Federal judges within the 2nd Circuit are apparently relishing their newfound ability to more easily depart from the rigidity of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark sentencing rulings last January. Since those decisions, less than half of all the sentences handed down in the 2nd Circuit have fallen within guideline ranges -- the lowest percentage of any of the 12 circuits -- according to U.S. Sentencing Commission data.
2nd Circuit Sentencings Are Nation's Most Lenient
The Connecticut Law Tribune
September 23, 2005
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