Finding that a sentence of four months in prison was too lenient for a man who confessed to possessing child pornography, the 3rd Circuit ruled that a New Jersey federal judge improperly ignored the federal sentencing guidelines that called for a prison term in the range of 37 to 46 months. The court said the guidelines "deserve careful consideration in each case." The decision reflects a recent trend by the 3rd Circuit to flex its muscle in criminal cases by overturning sentences it deems "unreasonable."
3rd Circuit: Sentencing Guidelines May Not Be Ignored
The Legal Intelligencer
September 5, 2007