The Supreme Court on Monday struck down California's sentencing law because it gives judges too much power to increase sentences based on facts not found by the jury. The 6-3 ruling in California v. Cunningham signals that the newly constituted Roberts Court is committed to the Apprendi line of cases, which, since 2000, have recalibrated the balance between judges and juries in the sentencing process and upended both state and federal sentencing laws.
Supreme Court Rejects California Sentencing Law
January 23, 2007
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