When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark sentencing rulings, defense attorneys in South Florida rejoiced. But 15 months later, prosecutors are the ones smiling, as judges in the area have opted to stay mostly within the guidelines. Some cite pressure from the Republican-controlled Congress and the Justice Department as a reason to be nervous about using more discretion in sentencing. "No one wants to be the judge that sticks his head out to be chopped off," said one.
Florida Sees Little Change in Sentencing Post-'Booker'
Daily Business Review
April 4, 2006