The Supreme Court made it harder Thursday for most defendants to challenge their federal prison sentences. In his majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer said that appeals courts that review prison terms imposed by trial judges "may apply a presumption of reasonableness" to sentences that fall within the federal sentencing guidelines. The Court took the case to resolve uncertainty created by its 2005 decision giving federal judges more freedom to decide what a fair sentence is.
Supreme Court Sets Rules for 'Reasonable' Prison Sentences
The Associated Press
June 22, 2007